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Did not seek to impose Hindi, says Modi government

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New Delhi, June 20 :

Amid fire from various political parties and chief ministers for imposing the use of Hindi in non-Hindi speaking states, the union home ministry Friday said it “didn’t seek to impose communication in Hindi on states which do not speak the language”.

Govt of India“The instructions of department of official languages have only reiterated the existing Government of India’s policy on the use of Hindi, in which the use of Hindi is compulsory in government’s communication only in the Hindi-speaking states,” the government said in a statement.

This uproar came after Bharatiya Janata Party-led government directed central government employees and employees of central undertakings and banks to use Hindi or both Hindi and English on their official web pages in social media like Twitter, blogs, YouTube, Facebook and Google.

DMK president M. Karunanidhi, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J.Jayalalitha, her Jammu and Kashmir counterpart Omar Abdullah, among others, opposed this move, terming it “imposition of Hindi”.

(IANS)