TN defends mandatory Tamil requirement in government service exams

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Finance Minister PTR said that a job in state government and related services puts employees in direct contact with the local population on a daily basis for the performance of their duties.

The government of Tamil Nadu defended on Saturday (December 4th) its decision to introduce a compulsory test on the Tamil language in the entrance examinations for entry into state government services. The government’s intended fluency in Tamil is only reaching the level of Class 10, said Minister of Finance and Human Resources Management Palanivel Thiaga Rajan.

The new standard does not meet the level of knowledge expected of a person with a PhD in Tamil language, he added. A score of 40% is enough to pass the Tamil exam, he said.

Explaining the rationale for the decision, the minister said that a job in state government and related services puts employees in direct contact with the local population on a daily basis for the performance of their duties. Therefore, if an aspirant does not have Tamil knowledge in accordance with Class 10 standard and in case he or she could not even get 40 points and erase Tamil paper, such person would not be suitable for services under government Tamil Nadu, he said.

In the past, there have been cases where people with no knowledge of Tamil have been recruited into a state-run entity, he said.

The government announced on Friday that all competitions run by the state government will now have a mandatory Tamil language test and that passing Tamil is the basic standard for accessing Tamil Nadu government services and businesses in Tamil Nadu. state-run public sector.

Speaking to reporters, Palanivel Thiaga Rajan said Chief Minister MP Stalin had extended a range of welfare and assistance programs to benefit several Lakh migrant workers from outside Tamil Nadu , including during the pandemic. “We understand the dignity of work, the value of work.” At the same time, the Tamil standard is not applicable to the private sector and companies are free to recruit anyone they want from anywhere, he told reporters. Out of a population of around eight crores, only nine lakh are in government service in Tennessee, he said. The role of government employees is important and they should come from all communities and regions of the state, he said, adding that they need to be appropriately recruited and trained on an ongoing basis, as the current practice is. DMK scheme.


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