Assam Opp parties slams Cabinet’s decision to remove language paper in APSC exam

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Assam Opp parties slams Cabinet’s decision to remove language paper in APSC exam
Assam Opp parties slams Cabinet’s decision to remove language paper in APSC exam

GUWAHATI: The All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) and the Congress have condemned the Assam Cabinet’s recent decision to eliminate the language paper from state civil service examinations, calling it “unfortunate and a threat to Assamese language” on Friday.

Bharat Narah, a senior Congress leader and MLA from the Naoboicha constituency, has urged that the Cabinet’s decision be withdrawn within the next 72 hours.

Narah claimed that all states in the country had made language papers mandatory for civil service exam candidates.

In the UPSC exam even the candidates have to appear in one of the 22 languages listed in the Eight Schedule.

However, we are baffled as to why the government of Assam has made this choice, Narah added.

He further stated that the government owed the people of Assam an explanation as to why the language paper was removed from the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) examination.

People want to know why or for whom the government took such a step after promising to protect the jati-mati-bheti (community, land and base) and even making Assamese compulsory in schools until Class 10, Narah added.

AIUDF MLAs Rafikul Islam, Aminul Islam and Ashraful Hussain staged a protest in front of the Assam Legislative Assembly’s main entrance, claiming that the BJP government had disrespected the language and culture by making the decision, much as it had done when it proposed the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

Regional parties like Raijor Dal and Assam Jatiya Parishad criticised the Cabinet’s decision on Thursday, calling it “dangerous” and “likely to invite more persons from outside the state to appear in the APSC exam.”

Except for individuals from Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao, the APSC Rules were revised in 2019 and applicants were required to take a compulsory language qualifying paper in Assamese or allied languages like Bodo or Bengali.

Following that, the Manipuri community in Barak Valley appealed the government for an exemption from taking the qualifying paper.

Meanwhile, the government issued an order exempting all applicants from Barak Valley from taking the qualifying paper. Candidates from the Brahmaputra Valley, on the other hand challenged this in the Gauhati High Court and the case is currently unresolved.

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