Cong leaders react on 'Malayalam' ban in GB Pant Hospital

Copy of the circular | Photo:|ShashiTharoor, Mathrubhumi Library

New Delhi: Soon after a Delhi government hospital issued a circular asking its nursing staff not to use Malayalam at work alleging it causes a lot of inconvenience, several political leaders reacted on the matter. Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Shashi Tharoor, Jairam Ramesh and K C Venugopal came up with reaction on the issue.

Reacting to the incident, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi stated that Malayalam is as Indian as any other Indian language. In a tweet, he also asked to stop language discrimination.

MP Shashi Tharoor tweeted that it boggles the mind that in democratic India a government institution can tell its nurses not to speak in their mother tongue to others who understand them. This is unacceptable, crude, offensive and a violation of the basic human rights of Indian citizens, he added.

Rajya Sabha MP K C Venugopal requested the health minister to order an immediate withdrawal of the bizarre & unconstitutional circular issued by the authorities of GIPMER.

The circular was issued by the Govind Ballabh Pant Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (GIPMER), one of the leading facilities in Delhi, has asked its nurses to use only Hindi and English for communication or face strict action.

As many Keralite nurses are working there, they find it easier to communicate in Malayalam. However, the nursing superintendent issued the circular pointing out that colleagues and patients who cannot understand the language find it difficult.

(With inputs from PTI)

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