Tamil Nadu Govt rejects idea of enforcing a three-language policy in the state

Tamil Nadu: The government rejected the idea of enforcing a three-language policy in Tamil Nadu on Thursday, insisting that the state's dual language policy of Tamil and English is not a hindrance to students' eligibility or opportunities. It also asked the Governor to expedite the NEET exemption bill for Presidential assent.

Minister for Tamil Official Language, Culture & Industries Thangam Thennarasu responded to Governor R N Ravi's remarks during his 73rd Republic Day address to the people of Tamil Nadu about exposing state school students to the opportunity to learn other Indian languages, saying that those familiar with the history of agitations against language in Tamil Nadu would understand that "other Indian languages" would only mean the Centre's agenda of pushing Hindi.

"Such a remark suggests pushing for a three-language strategy for Tamil Nadu," the Minister said, adding that the state has followed a two-language policy of Tamil and English from the days of late Chief Minister C N Annadurai (in 1967). "I hope the Governor understands that the two-language policy has not hampered our students' education or possibilities for higher positions in any manner," Thennarasu said in a statement.

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