Tahafuz-e- Anjuman-e-Urdu Thursday lashed at authorities for ignoring Urdu language and issuing ration card application forms only in Hindi and English languages.
Scores of civil society members belonging to different organizations staged a peaceful protest in Press Enclave Srinagar on Thursday. The protestors were carrying placards and banners seeking revival of Urdu language in every government department.
The protestors alleged that State Government is showing disrespect to the official language by ignoring it completely.
Tahafuz-e- Anjuman-e-Urdu called for government intervention and urged ‘Urdu lovers’ to propagate the language in an efficient way. “After issuing ration card application forms only in Hindi and English languages, authorities have come up with handwritten forms in Urdu now which is an eyewash and disrespect to our official language Urdu,” spokesperson Tahfuz-e-Anjuman Urdu, Imdad Saqi told CNS adding that they will apprise Chief Minister about the development and if government fails to act then they will approach Court.
The protestors said that two years back General Administration Department had come up with a circular in which it had directed all the government offices to use Urdu along with English, but that circular was not followed in letter and spirit. They further appealed to Jammu and Kashmir Bank to make use of Urdu language so that it will get boost in Valley.
The protest was organized by Valley Citizen Council, Kashmir Bar Association, Shehr Khas Welfare Coordination Committee, Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Welfare Organization and Traders Federation.