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Govt averse to make hindi compulsory; Meghalaya edu minister

Breaking silence on the alleged imposition of Hindi, Meghalaya Education minister Lahkmen Rymbui has stated that there is no question of forcing anyone to learn hindi in the state indicating

Breaking silence on the alleged imposition of Hindi, Meghalaya Education minister Lahkmen Rymbui has stated that there is no question of forcing anyone to learn hindi in the state indicating that the government is averse to making hindi compulsory till class X as porposed by the Centre.

Rymbui added that the state government has not received any official communication from the Centre on the issue.

The Meghalaya Education Minister, however, added that there is no harm in learning a language like Hindi which is widely spoken and may as well help the youths in their various endeavours.

Earlier on Thursday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday said that Hindi will now be made compulsory in all eight northeastern states up to Class 10.

The home minister added that more attention must be paid to Hindi examinations.

At the 37th meeting of the Parliamentary Official Language Committee in New Delhi, Shah said that “now the time has come to make the official language an important part of the unity of the country.”

The home minister described Hindi as “the language of India”, and said that it should be used by citizens from different states to communicate with each other.

First Published: 14th April, 2022 18:43 IST

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