Bhubaneswar, Feb 21(LocalWire): The decision of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Bhubaneswar to direct its employees to use ‘Hindi’ as the official language in their official communication has stirred controversy in the Odia heartland with several opposition politicians attacking the decision.
Firing a salvo against the health institution, managed by the Union government, senior BJD leader and Puri MP Pinaki Mishra said, “We are the first state to be formed on linguistic basis and we would not like to allow any body sidelining our mother tongue, particularly by an institution that is working for the people of our sate,”
On the other hand, the Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) President Niranjan Patnaik also lambasted AIIMS for doing so.
He used his micro blogging site Twitter to do so.
He said, “The circular issued by AIIMS, Bhubaneswar imposing Hindi, is an insult to the Odia language and the rich and vibrant culture of Odisha.
“There is no place for Hindi Imposition in our state. Odisha Congress will not allow this to happen”
He also attacked the Modi government at the Centre for the same.
He added, “Modi government must brush off its Hindi-chauvinist mindset and should promote Odia language, which has been deliberately neglected at their national level despite being a classical language,”
AIIMS, Bhubaneswar on the Mother Language Day (Feb 20) issued a circular which claimed that the faculty and staff member of the institute would be using Hindi as their medium for official communication.
It said that the letters required to be issued only in Hindi under the Official Language Rules 1976.
It ordered that only Hindi will be used for works like-signing in Hindi, writing names and subjects on files, replies to all letters besides several other routine administrative works.
AIIMS has yet to react to the allegations.