Sunday, May 21, 2017

Govt wages linguistic war in air, wants Hindi newspapers on board

New Delhi: After making Hindi compulsory for CBSE till class X, the BJP-led Centre has asked all airlines and airports across the country to make available Hindi newspaper and magazines on board and at all airports. While the move is in line with the NDA government’s Hindi policy, airports in the south are skeptical of the same.
Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj held a meeting with Hindi Salahkar Samiti (HSS) recently and wrote to Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju in Hindi asking him to provide Hindi newspapers. After which, the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) has asked all airports and airlines to implement it. At present, no airline provides Hindi newspapers on board.
MoCA officials said the minister’s letter has been sent to all airlines and airports and the aviation ministry has asked them to submit the action taken report soon.
21/05/17 Ankur Sharma/New Indian Express