The Centre decided to put the pro – English Union Public Service Commission changes on hold. This came only after a fierce opposition pulled in by the political parties.
The notification that caused a massive stir was released by the commission on 5 March 2013. It stated that ‘English’ as a language will be a pre requisite for all the IAS aspirants for the Civil Services Examination and maintain the “status quoante”. This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel and Training, V. Narayanaswamy in Lok Sabha .
The point of anger incurred when, English was given a way higher pedestrian in the Civil Services Examination by the Union Public Service Commission. Also the English paper which was of two hundred marks, was being increased by another hundred marks, causing the stir.
In regard to the same, 15 March 2013, saw Lok Sabha echo with slogans such as , “Angrezi mein kaam na hoga, desh phir ghulam na hoga (No to English, India will not be enslaved again).”
With the situation getting graver as the clock ticks, now even the M.P’s of states such as Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Maharashtra, West Bengal and Punjab protested changes that disallow the candidates from sitting for their examination in their mother tongue.
According to the new norms, Marks in English would matter in the merit list, twenty five candidates would be a mandatory number in an examination centre to conduct tests in any regional language.
Any candidate who wishes to opt for a regional language should have graduated in the same language.
The notification that caused a massive stir was released by the commission on 5 March 2013. It stated that ‘English’ as a language will be a pre requisite for all the IAS aspirants. The notification, also drew criticism from CMs with a number of them, including Shivraj Singh Chauhan (MP), J Jayalalithaa (TN) and Narendra Modi (Gujarat), writing to PM Singh demanding withdrawal of the notification. Key UPA ally DMK too had objected to the move.
It also must be noted that, the debate over language in the civil services examination that is responsible for the central services, including the IAS, IPS, IFS and IRS etc won’t affect the preliminary test which is supposed to go on the floor on 26 May 2013.