Use of Marathi with Hindi, English made compulsory in state’s government offices

Use of Marathi with Hindi, English made compulsary in state's government offices
All instructions, public notices, notice boards and indicators displaying information for the general public will also be in Marathi (Representational Image)

The Maharashtra government has issued a notification instructing government offices in the state to use Marathi language in all official communication along with Hindi and English.

The notification, issued on Wednesday, instructed office bearers to use Marathi as it is the state’s official language under the Maharashtra Official languages Act, 1964.

“Marathi is the official language of the state and in order to implement Centre’s tri-language formula it has issued instructions to use the Marathi language along with Hindi and English in central government offices and agencies,” the notification reads.

The notification applies to all central government offices, establishments, corporations and public undertaking working in the state which provide banking, post office, telephone, gas, petroleum, rail and insurance services.

The state has asked the agencies to use Marathi language in written and oral communication, both online and offline. Instructions, public notices, notice boards and indicators displaying information for the general public should also be in Marathi.

Offices have even been asked to conduct training sessions for employees who are not well versed in the language.

Back in 2009, the state had mandated that shops use Marathi on signboards outside their establishments.

Marathi is primarily spoken by Maharashtrians in the state. It has the fourth largest number of native speakers in the country after Hindi, Bengali and Telugu.

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