After English controversy, changes to UPSC exam suspended

Last Updated: Fri, Mar 15, 2013 10:34 hrs

New Delhi: The government on Friday put on hold a controversial notification making proficiency in English a requirement for aspirants of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) as most Lok Sabha members opposed it.

"The said notification will be in abeyance. We will call a meeting of UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) officials to resolve the issue, keeping in mind the views expressed by the members," Minister of State for Personnel and Training V. Narayanasamy told the Lok Sabha.

The house had to be adjourned earlier as several members raised the issue asking for revocation of the March 5 notification by the UPSC, which conducts the examination for all-India services.

Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad moved the motion in the house which was supported by members of most parties.

Besides opposition parties like the Communist Party of India, Janata Dal-United, Biju Janata Dal, Akali Dal, and the Trinamool Congress, government allies like the DMK and Nationalist Congress Party also opposed the move to impose English on candidates, and said this would not provide students a level playing field.

The members wanted the candidates to be allowed to write their exams in regional languages.

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