Circular banning the use of Malayalam language in hospital workplace, withdrawn

The order which was released earlier which claimed to bar the use of Malayalam language by the nursing staff in the work spaces of the government hospital, has been withdrawn by the Govind Ballabh Pant Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research (GIMPER). In a circular the hospital had warned the nursing staff to use only Hindi or English language for communication and administration, failing which they would face strict consequences.

The circular was issued when a complaint was filed by one of the patients in the hospital. The circular mentioned that majority of the patients and colleagues do not understand the language, thereby it creates a barrier in communication and inconvenience. To avoid the same all nursing staff of the hospital were instructed to make use of Hindi or English language in working places of the hospital.

With regards to the circular, an immediate withdrawal of the ‘unconstitutional’ circular was requested by the Congress MP KC Venugopal to Union health minister Harsh Vardhan. In a tweet Venugopal urged the Union health minister to order an immediate withdrawal. According to a letter issued by the Congress MP, several nurses belong to the same region thereby speaking the same language as it is their mother tongue.

Shashi Tharoor, who is a Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram addressed the circular as a violation of basic human rights of Indian citizens, in one of his tweets today. According to him the circular was unacceptable, crude and offensive.

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