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Delhi Govt Hospital Revokes Controversial Order Against Use of Malayalam by Staff After Furore

New Delhi: Delhi’s Govind Ballabh Pant Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research (GIPMER) decided to withdrawn their previous order which directed all its nursing staff members to use only Hindi and English for communication or else “serious action” will be taken against anyone found conversing in other languages.

Medics prepare before collecting samples for swab tests from a Covid-19 mobile testing van, during the nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, at Ramakrishna Mission area in New Delhi. (PTI Photo/Manvender Vashist)
Medics prepare before collecting samples for swab tests from a Covid-19 mobile testing van, during the nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, at Ramakrishna Mission area in New Delhi. (Source: PTI Photo/Manvender Vashist)

New Delhi: Delhi’s Govind Ballabh Pant Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research (GIPMER) decided to withdrawn their previous order which directed all its nursing staff members to use only Hindi and English for communication or else “serious action” will be taken against anyone found conversing in other languages.

The hospital administration later said that the circular was issued without their information.

The above-mentioned circular issued by the nursing superintendent of the hospital said GIPMER had received a complaint against the use of the Malayalam language in their institute.

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“A complaint has been received regarding the Malayalam language being used for communication in working places in GIPMER. Whereas maximum patient and colleagues do not know this language and feel helpless causing a lot of inconveniences,” the circular read.

“So it is directed to all nursing personnel to use only Hindi and English for communication otherwise serious action will be taken,” it added.

Speaking about the matter, Congress MP KC Venugopal asked the Union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan to order an immediate withdrawal of the “bizarre” and “unconstitutional” circular issued by the GIPMER authority.

“I urge to hon’ble health minister @drharshvardhan to order an immediate withdrawal of the bizarre & unconstitutional circular issued by the authorities of GIPMER,” Venugopal tweeted.

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Meanwhile, Congress’ Shashi Tharoor also took to social media and labeled the circular offensive and a complete violation of the basic human rights of an Indian citizen.

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“It boggles the mind that in democratic India a government institution can tell its nurses not to speak in their mother tongue to others who understand them. This is unacceptable, crude, offensive and a violation of the basic human rights of Indian citizens. A reprimand is overdue!” he said in a tweet.

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