Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut who recently pitched NCP supremo Sharad Pawar as the next Presidential candidate, has now spoken about the State government’s decision to implement Marathi as a compulsory language in schools, while also discussing the possibility of providing 80% of jobs in industries to local youth in the state as well as the proposal asking officials to write remarks in Marathi at their Mantralaya offices. 

“All these decisions are important. But will they be really implemented (at the ground level)? If somebody speaks about Marathi language and Marathi pride in Maharashtra, he is put in a dock. But when leaders from other states talk about their people, then everyone looks at them with appreciation,” Raut wrote in his weekly column “Rokhthok” in Saamana.

“But Marathi language schools are shutting down in the state capital and thousands of Marathi teachers have become unemployed. How is the government going to protect them?” he added. 

Raut further spoke about the need to have government work done in Marathi. It will be interesting to see how the NCP and INC will respond to these claims given that they’re allied with Shiv Sena now. “If required, documents can be translated into English… If the government really wants to do something for the welfare… then correspondence with industries, businesses, and private educational institutes should be done in Marathi,” Raut said.

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