Nagpur: Raising the pitch for Marathi, the Maharashtra Government on Wednesday made the use of the language compulsory not only in schools but at all places including Central Government offices, banks, post offices, telecom companies, insurance companies, tax departments, railways, metro rails, mono rail, civil aviation, petroleum companies and other offices and departments. The State Government’s Marathi Department issued the Government Resolution (GR) in this regard.
The State Government decision is aimed at comprehensive use of Marathi on the lines of Central Government’s tri-language formula that makes use of English and Hindi compulsory. With this decision, all public correspondence, all examinations of concerned departments, notifications, notice boards, will be in Marathi compulsorily.
It had come to the notice of the State Government that Marathi was not being given priority in Central Government offices. Hence the revised GR was issued on Wednesday. Notably, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) had warned of an intense agitation for use of Marathi in banks and in all other establishments.
Earlier in 2009 too, a Government Resolution was issued regarding Marathi boards at all shops and showrooms. However, the decision was not being implemented in letter and spirit. The MNS had launched agitation for Marathi boards. There is a provision of fine of minimum Rs 1000 and maximum Rs 5000 if the boards of shops are not in Marathi.