New Delhi: The Maharashtra government will on Thursday introduce the bill making the Marathi language mandatory in all schools in the state, the Legislative Assembly was told on Wednesday to mark Marathi Language Day 2020. The Marathi Bhasha Diwas or Language Day is celebrated every year on February 27 across Maharashtra and Goa. Also Read - West Bengal Assembly Elections 2021: Shiv Sena Extends Support to TMC, Says Won’t Fight in State
School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad told the Lower House that the decision was taken through a mutual understanding after holding deliberations with all the educational boards including IB, ICSE and CBSE. Also Read - 'Won't Lose Match As Stadium's Name is Narendra Modi': Uddhav Thackeray's Dig Over Renaming of Motera stadium
The proposed bill seeks to make the Marathi language compulsory from class 1 to class 10. Also Read - Mumbai Local Train Latest Updates: Is Maharashtra Govt Planning to Restrict General Public From Boarding Local Trains?
“The government has also studied the pattern being followed in Southern states in teaching local languages in their schools,” the minister said.
Objecting to her statement, Shiv Sena MLA Bhaskar Jadhav questioned the need to study such pattern. “The minister should talk about the stand of the state government,” he said.
In her reply, the minister said she had already stated that the state government was firm to make the Marathi language compulsory in schools.
Interjecting, BJP MLA Sudhir Mungantiwar demanded that rules of the legislature be changed for conducting the proceedings exclusively in Marathi.
“Present rules say that the proceedings can be held either in Marathi, English or Hindi,” he said.
To which, Speaker Nana Patole said he would respond to Mungantiwar’s question on the legislature rules.