Coming out with the information that no courses were conducted for IAS, IPS and other Central Service Officers posted in the state during the last three years for imparting working knowledge of Konkani, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday stated through a written reply that however, Konkani training was imparted to the non-Konkani speaking resident doctors of Goa Medical College.
The written information also states that working knowledge training pertaining to Konkani was imparted to the auditors of Indian audit and accounts department, at the office of the Accountant General, on their request.
It may be recalled that in its effort to implement the State Official Language Act for administrative purposes, the directorate of official language had prepared an 85-page Konkani booklet for the use of government servants and IAS officers.
The Chief Minister, replying to a related question from the Congress MLA Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco, stated that framing of separate syllabus on knowledge of Konkani to IAS and other Central Service Officers posted in Goa is under consideration of the government.
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister, through another written reply informed that only 135 applications have been received by various departments of the government, written in the official language, Konkani, while replies to only 24 of them were given in the same language.
He further stated that altogether 372 applications have been received by various departments of the government, written in Marathi language, while replies to only 16 of them were given in the same language.
Stating that the government is very serious about making the knowledge of official language mandatory while giving official jobs, Parrikar maintained that circulars and notifications making knowledge of Konkani essential and knowledge of Marathi desirable, have been issued pertaining to recruitments in government jobs.
Yet another written reply from Parrikar, who holds the Official Language portfolio, stated that the government has notified a scheme under the title Bhasha Vikas Yojana, wherein the 80 per cent of grant is released on admissible items under the scheme to the registered institutions to conduct various literary programmes in Konkani, Marathi, Hindi and Sanskrit languages.