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PIL against UPSC; Students intensify protests

PIL against UPSC;  Students intensify protests
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Telugu row in upsc exams Hyderabad: Telugu Desam MP and Rajya Sabha member Y Sujana Choudary has filed a public interest litigation in High...

Telugu row in upsc exams pil2 Hyderabad: Telugu Desam MP and Rajya Sabha member Y Sujana Choudary has filed a public interest litigation in High Court on Wednesday against UPSC on its recent changes in civil services mains pattern. This is the second PIL against the central body after Telugu Bhasodyama Samakhya. Charging UPSC of bias towards Hindi students, he said that "there is a popular misconception that Hindi is perceived and erroneously referred to as the National Language, which is not the case. The VIII Schedule read with Articles 344 and 351 of the Constitution of India enunciates that all 22 languages enumerated therein are National Languages. As regards Hindi, the only additional status is that of Official Language of the Union of India. Thus, there is no term like "national language" in the Constitution at all" Sujana Choudary has also found fault with UPSC for being very discriminatory towards Telugu students. "It is a severe blow to those candidates who had already answered in Telugu language unsuccessfully but getting prepared to attempt second or third time in a row from the year 2013. This is in stark contrast to those who answered in Hindi language in the preceding years and preparing to attempt yet again in the year 2013. This is where level playing field is given a go-by by the UPSC" he lambasted. He urged the Court to declare the changes as "illegal, arbitrary and violative of Article 16 and other Articles" and restore the previous system. Meanwhile, several aspirants, who have been on an agitational path, have started relay hunger strike on Wednesday at Indira Park in the city demanding immediate scrapping of recent changes. More than 50 students have participated in the fast, organised by Dr Lakshmaiah IAS Study Circle. Swamy Goud, MLC-elect and R Krishnaiah, President of BC welfare Association have visited the camp and expressed their solidarity. They have also promised to take up the matter with the government shortly. P Padmaja Rani, Director of the Study Circle will start fast unto death from today, according to Prof Lakshmaiah. "We are also planning to meet the leaders of all political parties in the next couple of days. All the aspirants are determined to intensify the struggle and we will go to Delhi and organize a sit-in there" he told The Hans India.
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