Kozhikode: The renaming of information centres at railway stations to ‘Sahyog’ is confusing people from non-Hindi states. Passengers, who are unaware of the change, are confused on finding the office which provides crucial information like train status.
Earlier, the information centre displayed a board in Hindi, English and local language. However, this was replaced recently with ‘Sahyog’ in Hindi and English in a move widely criticised as Hindi imposition.
Foreign passengers are also suffering from this.
The information centre is also the go-to place to get a wheelchair and sometimes resolve complaints. Union government says the centre is no longer just an information centre but has become a help centre and hence it was renamed. However, it is no justification for the ‘Hindi imposition’, critics say.
Palakkad division completed the renaming on October 27.
A Parliamentary committee had recently recommended that the medium of instruction in technical and non-technical higher education institutes such as IITs in Hindi-speaking states should be Hindi and in other parts of India their respective local language. It said the use of English should be made optional. Chief ministers of Kerala and Tamil Nadu expressed strong opposition to the recommendations made by the committee chaired by union home minister Amit Shah.