Ritabrata Banerjee said, civil services aptitude test in English was discriminatory against Hindi and eight other scheduled languages.
New Delhi: A demand for allowing the use of mother tongue to write the civil services main examination was raised in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, which received all-round support, as the proponent called for upholding of linguistic rights.
Raising the issue during the Zero Hour, Ritabrata Banerjee (CPI-M) said as the civil services aptitude test in English was discriminatory against Hindi and eight other scheduled languages, it has since then been made non-compulsory.
But the compensatory attempt to those who lost an opportunity in 2016 is yet to be announced, he said.
The CPI(M) member demanded that the main examination should also be allowed to be taken in mother tongue.
"Linguistic rights have to be upheld," Banerjee said.
His demand found support amongst almost all opposition parties who demanded a government assurance on the issue.
"It is a serious issue. The Government should take note of it," said Sharad Yadav (JD-U) as no assurance came from the ruling side to look into the issue.
Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien said it was up to the government and not him to comment on the matter.
Ali Anwar Ansari (JD-U) demanded enforcement of the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act of 2014 to prevent street hawkers from being harassed by municipal authorities, police and anti-social elements.
The Act, he said, has been in cold storage and not even have the rules been framed for its implementation so far.
"The law should be implemented," he said, adding that an estimated 50 lakh families are dependent on this business.
A proper survey to identify hawkers and giving them space for their business has to be done, he said, adding banks should provide them loans and they should be provided insurance cover.
This demand was supported by several opposition parties.
P Bhattacharya (Cong) raised the issue of crime and frauds being glamorised in TV serials and demanded social controls be imposed.
A law must be enacted so that TV serials can be controlled and crime stopped, he suggested.
CP Narayanan (CPI-M) raised the issue of rising incidents of sexual assaults on minor girls and infants.