Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Government on Monday
said it was considering a three-language formula with
Telugu as the first official language and Urdu the second to
be implemented in various districts of the state.
Replying to a question raised by the
Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) Floor Leader Akbaruddin
Owaisi in the state Assembly today, the government, however,
said there was no plan to constitute a second official
Language Commission for Urdu and a monitoring body for
implementation of the formula.
Responding to the issues raised by Akbaruddin on
effective implementation of Urdu in the state, Chief Minister
N Kiran Kumar Reddy said Urdu is a "sweet" language.
We will take all steps to protect it, he said.
Earlier, the MIM leader said that there were
efforts to "finish off Urdu" in the state despite it being
declared as the second official language in 15 out of 23
"Many government orders were issued in the past for
effective implementation of Urdu but in practise that`s not
happening. The three-language formula facilitates learning of
ones mother tongue but only Telugu and English are being
taught and not Urdu," said Akbaruddin.
The Chief Minister assured the MIM member that he
would soon convene a meeting to review implementation of
Urdu and take concrete steps to ensure the language was
State Education Ministers evolved a scheme in 1949 in
order to provide facilities for teaching a minority language
or mother tongue. Subsequently, the Union Education Ministry,
in consultation with States, formulated a three-language
The Formula provides Hindi, English and modern Indian
language (preferably one of the southern languages) in the
Hindi speaking states and Hindi and English and the regional
language in the non-Hindi speaking States.