Malayalam Language Bill passed

Thiruvananthapuram: The Assembly passed Malayalam Language (Dissemination and Enrichment) Bill on Thursday.

The provision that candidates getting selection to government service should pass a PSC examination equivalent to senior higher diploma course offered by Malayalam Mission, if they had not studied Malayalam at the school or degree level, was dropped from the Bill.

The Bill seeks to make Malayalam the sole official language of the State. Teaching of Malayalam would be compulsory in government and aided schools. Future laws should have to be drafted in Malayalam. Besides, the language in lower courts will be Malayalam. Sign boards of government offices and quasi government establishments should be in Malayalam.

Minister for Culture and Parliamentary Affairs, who moved the Bill reported by the Subject Committee in the absence of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, said that there were legal hurdles in making Malayalam compulsory in unaided schools also.