Goa CM begins work in local language
Panaji, June 6 (IBNS): After announcing cabinet’s approval on Medium of Instruction (MOI) at elementary education on Wednesday, Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar has begun official communications in the state’s regional language.
“I am writing notes and remarks on files in Konkani or Marathi language,” he told reporters.
He admitted with a grin that he still finds difficult using few regional words.
Parrikar had recently announced that schools teaching elementary education in regional languages will be given one time grant of Rs 12 lakh.
He also allowed 100-odd schools that changed its medium to English language last academic year from Konkani or Marathi to enjoy the grant-in-aid benefit.
To a question he replied that new schools in regional languages will be permitted near government schools provided it has less than 40 students.
“The past government was only ritualistic towards their commitments for official languages. Promoting Konkani or Marathi was secondary for them,” he alleged.
(Reporting by John Edwards)
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