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Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Bureaucracy has played spoilsport in OROP & Hindi promotion: VK Singh
BHOPAL: Minister of state for external affairs Gen (retd) V K Singh blamed bureaucracy for the plight of Hindi in the country. He also held them responsible for creating confusion over voluntary retirement scheme (VRS) during implementation of one-rank-one pension (OROP).
"Babus triggered the misunderstanding on OROP. It's a known fact that there is no concept of VRS in armed forces," said Gen Singh while talking exclusively to TOI. "Later, Prime Minister had to clarify that those who have had to give up jobs prematurely would be covered under OROP benefits," he said.
Gen Singh, who arrived in Bhopal for World Hindi Convention, also blamed bureaucracy for lowering the prestige of Hindi. He said, "Babus have made spoken and written Hindi complicated and are discouraging use of the language." He also attributed poor translation skills for demeaning of the language in government departments.
He also backed defence minister Manohar Parrikar's suggestion in Rajya Sabha last year that government may introduce a module of compulsory military training at college level on a pilot basis in some districts.