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After facing flak, Delhi hospital recalls ‘No Malayalam’ circular

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A hospital under the Delhi government on Sunday withdrew its circular directing its nursing staff to speak only in Hindi or English and not to use Malayalam language at work, after it triggered a row. News agency ANI reported the administra­tion of the Govind Ballabh Pant Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research (GIPMER) said that the circular was issued without their informatio­n. It also said that the health department of the Delhi government has issued a memo to the hospital.

The nursing superinten­dent of the hospital said in a circular on Saturday that they received a complaint against the use of Malayalam and warned of “serious action” against anyone found speaking any other lansaid GIMPER’S circular was “bizarre and unconstitu­tional” and called for its immediate withdrawal. “Malayalam is as Indian as any other Indian language. Stop language discrimina­tion!” Rahul Gandhi tweeted on Sunday morning.

KC Venugopal, a lawmaker who belongs to Kerala, also write to Union health minister Harsh Vardhan. “I urge to Hon’ble health Minister @drharshvar­dhan to order an immediate withdrawal of the bizarre & unconstitu­tional circular issued by the authoritie­s of GIPMER,” KC Venugopal, a lawmaker who belongs to Kerala, tweeted along with his letter to the Union minister.

“Nurses from Kerala are sincerely dischargin­g their duties across the world... It is illogical to assume that they would speak in their mother tongue to a person who can’t speak that language,” the Congress MP said.

Malayalam is as Indian as any other Indian language. Stop language discrimina­tion

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