Rajya Sabha MP John Brittas has reignited a new debate over the imposition of Hindi after claiming that the draft revised Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) guideline released last month will “enforce Hindi” and “affects” the basic tenets of cooperative federalism.
The Kerala CPI(M) leader wrote a letter to the Union Minister of State for Statistics and Program Implementation, Planning and Business Affairs, Rao Inderjit Singh, raising a number of other issues related to the design guidelines.
“Para 3.23 of the new draft guidelines is trying to covertly introduce a new provision for establishing a pest on MPLADS project sites, also detailing the work in Hindi. There was no such condition in the existing guidelines,” Brittas said, Hindustan Times reported.
“The government will say they are for all Indian languages but are openly and covertly focused on Hindi. Even the revised guidelines on MPLADS smell like this – get the plaques written in Hindi too!” he tweeted sharing the government order.
The Indian government will say they are for all Indian languages but are openly and covertly forced on Hindi. Even the revised guidelines on MPLADS smell like this – get the plaques written in Hindi too! pic.twitter.com/VCvashywuP
— John Brittas (@JohnBrittas) Nov 5, 2022
Brittas responded to the Center’s request for feedback on the revised MPLADS draft guidelines. The MP said the “enforced directive” to display details of work in the Hindi language in non-Hindi-speaking states will be considered a violation of federal principles.
“The selection of languages to be used in plaques can be left to the wisdom of the respective MPs,” he added.
The CPI(M) leader further pointed out that the new draft guidelines suggest that the annual rights fund of Rs 5 crore remains with the designated Central Nodal Agency (CNA) rather than with the nodal district authorities of the concerned MPs.
According to the directive, the required amount for the project in question is credited directly to the accounts of the suppliers and the bank accounts of the local authorities of nodes are treated as pass-through accounts.
The Rajya Sabha MP further mentioned that the draft guidelines propose to close all existing district authority accounts under the MPLADS and transfer all unspent funds to the CNA.
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