New Delhi: Members from Tamil Nadu Wednesday
demanded in the Rajya Sabha that Tamil should be made an
official language in the courts including the High Court in
Raising the issue during Zero Hour, D Raja (CPI) said
braving rains hundreds of advocates from the state were
protesting in the capital in support of the demand.
He said the issue was pending in the Home Ministry which
should immediately act on it. Raja said all languages in the
Eighth Schedule of the Constitution should be made official
languages for administration and judicial works.
Supporting him, Tiruchi Siva (DMK) said the proposal was
sent to the Home Ministry by the state government and it was
backed by Madras High Court.
He said similar facility has been allowed in Uttar
Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh while the request
in this regard from West Bengal was also turned down.
Paul Manoj Pandian (AIADMK) said majority of the state
lawyers who were not well versed with English were deprived of
the opportunity to practise in courts in their mother tongue.
In a separate mention, Rama Chandra Khuntia (Cong)
expressed concern over the spread of swine flu in Orissa and
charged the state government with being careless in tackling
He also expressed fear that the dengue menace may have an
impact on the Commonwealth Games starting October first week.