Bhubaneswar, Feb 22(LocalWire): The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Bhubaneswar after facing severe criticism from politicians and linguistic experts Saturday accepted the demand for a ‘three-language formula’ for the signage and also issued clarification on the raging controversy.
After a delegation of BJD MPs and MLAs met the AIIMS, Bhubaneswar director B Gitanjali, the latter decided to accept the demand of giving priority to Odia language on the hospital premises in the Odia heartland.
After her meeting with the BJD leaders’ delegation on the issue, she said, “We are not saying that we are not using Odia language.
Most of the signage we are using in the institute is either in Odia or in English. Whatever circular is in the controversy in an internal letter circulated and not meant for the patients,”
She also said that the circular was issued keeping in mind the provisions of Official Language Act, 1963.
She also clarified that only those people who had knowledge of Hindi language were asked to use the language for official purpose.
“I also do not know Hindi so this circular was not meant for people like me. It was only for those who had some knowledge of the language. The letter has been mis-interpreted,” she said.
She also added that the institution has agreed to use the “three language formula” where the top most importance will be given to Odia language. “We will be adapting to the three language policy for our signage.
It will be Odia first followed by Hindi and then English,” she said.
BJD MP Pinaki Mishra who met the Director along with other MPs and MLAs said, “Members of Rajya Sabha, Lok Sabha and some MLAs came here and met the AIIMS, Director and also submitted one to the Union Health Minister.
The director told us that the Language Committee had told the hospital that the targets under the Official Language Act are not getting fulfilled.
The director has assured that the circular has nothing about the patients,”
Mishra told reporters that the hospital management has agreed to the three language policy as raised by them and besides assurances of giving Odia as the topmost priority in the state.