Update: 06 June 2021 15:55 STI
New Delhi [India]June 6 (ANI): After a government hospital in Delhi issued a circular asking nurses not to speak Malayalam while on duty, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi criticized the move on Sunday and urged authorities to end discrimination between Indian languages. Following protests, the hospital withdrew the order.
Sharing information on the circular from the Delhi government-run Govind Ballabh Pant Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (GIPMER) on Twitter, Gandhi wrote, âMalayalam is as Indian as any other Indian language. Stop linguistic discrimination!
The row erupted after GIPMER on Saturday banned its nurses from communicating in Malayalam.
However, the circular banning GIPMER nursing staff has been withdrawn, the hospital announced on Sunday.
The circular dated June 5 issued by the Director of Nursing of GIPMER stated that âa complaint has been received regarding the use of the Malayalam language for communication in GIPMER workplaces. While a maximum of patients and colleagues do not know this language and therefore all nursing staff are requested to use only Hindi and English for communication, otherwise serious measures will be taken. “
The circular also drew sharp criticism from other congressional leaders.
Thiruvananthapuram Congressman Shashi Tharoor also tweeted, saying: âIt is mind boggling that in democratic India a government institution can tell its nurses not to speak in their mother tongue to others who understand them. It is unacceptable, rude, offensive and a violation of the basic human rights of Indian citizens. A reprimand is expected! “
Congressman KC Venugopal wrote to Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan and GIPMER to demand his intervention in the case and take immediate disciplinary action against those who issued a “highly discriminatory circular and denying the fundamental fundamental rights guaranteed by our constitution “. (ANI)