Row over Ayush secy asking non-Hindi doctors to leave meeting

CHENNAI, AUG 22 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 8/22/2020 12:21:29 PM IST

DMK leader and Lok Sabha member Kanimozhi on Saturday demanded the suspension of AYUSH secretary Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha for allegedly asking non-Hindi speaking doctors to leave a training session.

In a tweet, Kanimozhi said, “The statement of Secretary of the Union Ministry of AYUSH Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha that non-Hindi speaking participants could leave during a Ministry’s training session speaks volumes about the Hindi domination being imposed. This is highly condemnable.”

She said: “Govt should place the Secretary under suspension and initiate appropriate disciplinary proceedings. How long is this attitude of excluding non-Hindi speakers to be tolerated?”

Agreeing with Kanimozhi, Congress MP Karti Chidambaram said, “Not knowing English is understandable, but this arrogance of asking those who don’t know Hindi to leave and insisting on speaking in Hindi is totally unacceptable.”

In a tweet in Tamil, DMK chief MK Stalin also called for action against the secretary, urging the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to ensure that such incidents do not occur again.

Condemning Kotecha for his act, Stalin said it was shameful on the part of the secretary to act in an “uncultured” and “uncivilised” manner. Stalin said a doubt has arisen in the minds of the people of Tamil Nadu whether Kotecha was given a two-year service extension only to insult their language.

Stalin, the Leader of Opposition in the Tamil Nadu Assembly, said Kotecha has also threatened the delegates of the training session from the state.

MDMK leader Vaiko and PMK founder S Ramadoss also condemned Kotecha. The virtual training session for master trainers was organised by the Ministry of AYUSH.

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