Ekta Bikash Mancha filed a public interest litigation in the High Court during the day.
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The court has not yet set a date for the hearing. The Mancha, headquartered in Seraikala, has filed a PIL claiming that the rules framed by the government for conducting examinations violate fundamental rights.
The state cabinet meeting on August 5 approved a proposal that aspiring candidates for jobs in the state should have knowledge of local culture, language and tradition and achieve at least per cent marks in their regional or tribal languages. Score while creating merit list.
An official spokesperson said that as far as English and Hindi were concerned, these would be qualification papers and the marks obtained in the subjects would not be added while compiling the merit list.
It was decided that the candidates could opt for state-level examinations in Mundari, Kharia, Ho, Santhali, Khortha, Panchpargania, Bengali, Urdu, Kurmali, Nagpuri, Kurukh and Oriya languages.
Mancha said in its appeal that the omission of Hindi was a drastic step which would adversely affect the fate of a large number of candidates.
The petition said that with Urdu as an alternative, a select group of students would be preferred which is against the spirit of the Constitution.
It further argued that Urdu was not widely taught in the state and that it was limited to ‘madrasas’ which provided education to students from minority communities.
The government’s decision to remove Hindi and English will affect candidates proficient in those languages, the petition said.
Moreover, most of the government schools in Jharkhand will deprive the medium of Hindi education and its exclusion eligible candidates.
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