Urdu-Telangana second official language as part of minority appeasement

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The Telangana State Legislative Assembly on Thursday unanimously passed the Telangana Official Languages (Amendment) Bill-2017 declaring Urdu as the 2nd official language of the State.

The Bill was moved by Roads and Buildings Minister Tummala  Nageshwara Rao on behalf of CM KCR. The Bill was supported by all the opposition parties – Congress, BJP, TDP and CPI (M).

Congress MLA T. Jeevan Reddy while supporting the Bill questioned the State Government on retrenchment of Urdu Academy employees and closing of 45 Urdu Computer Centers. He said that the Bill was not new and a similar Bill was passed in the year 1966 declaring Urdu as Second official language in 9 old districts of Telangana except Khammam. Deputy Chief Minister (Revenue) Mahmood Ali intervened and said that 177 Urdu Academy’s contract and outsourcing employees were not removed. However, they have been accommodated in the Minorities Finance Corporation.  He said there would be no retrenchment and remaining employees too would be accommodated. He also denied that the Urdu Computer Centers were  close and claimed that they were  being upgraded. He said the upgradation of 12 Centers has been completed.

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