''Step-motherly'' treatment to Urdu by Nitish Kumar govt : RJD

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Patna, Aug 8 (UNI) RJD MLC Tanveer Hasan today alleged that the Nitish Kumar government was meting out ''step-motherly'' treatment to Urdu vernacular despite it being the second official language of the state.

Mr Hasan told newspersons here that despite the tall claims of the Nitish Kumar government for the welfare of the minorities and giving due importance to the Urdu language, it was still being neglected.

To substantiate his charge, Mr Hasan pointed out that Bihar School Examination Board(BSEB) had recommended for removal of Urdu as compulsory subject in inter-level syllabus and advised it to be listed as optional paper instead.

'' After long struggle by the minority community and others, Urdu was given the status of second language of the state, '' he said adding proposal of the BSEB on removal of Urdu from the list of compulsory subject could not be justified by any parameter.

Mr Hasan alleged that the Block Education Officer in Patharghat block had torched several Urdu books, which were to be supplied for school students where as minority students were facing difficulties due to non-availability of the Urdu books in their educational institutions.

The guilty officer must be dismissed forthwith, he demanded.

Similarly Urdu books were dumped in godowns of Bihar State Text Book Committee, while several schools were facing the shortage of such books, Mr Hasan informed and demanded a thorough probe into both incidents.

If action was not taken by the Nitish Kumar government by August 12, a memorandum demanding his intervention would be submitted to Governor R L Bhatia, he said.

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