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Cong, BJP slam Delhi govt over hospital circular asking nursing staff not to converse in Malayalam

The medical director of GB Pant hospital on Sunday said that they had revoked the order following the flak
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra  posted the order of Govind Ballabh Pant Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research asking its nursing staff to use only Hindi and English for communication and said serious action would be taken if it was not followed.

PTI   |   New Delhi   |   Published 07.06.21, 12:53 AM

The Congress and the BJP on Sunday slammed the Delhi government over a controversial hospital circular issued a day earlier asking its nursing staff not to converse in Malayalam. 

Terming the order of Delhi government-run GB Pant hospital unconstitutional and amounting to denial of fundamental rights, the Congress on Sunday demanded strict action against the authorities. 

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“Malayalam is as Indian as any other Indian language. Stop language discrimination,” Rahul Gandhi said. 

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra  posted the order of Govind Ballabh Pant Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research asking its nursing staff to use only Hindi and English for communication and said serious action would be taken if it was not followed. 

“This order violates the basic values of our country,” she said in a tweet in Malayalam and termed it as “racist, discriminatory and completely wrong”. 

She said the order was an insult to nurses and health workers from Kerala who made us secure by risking their own lives during the pandemic. 

“We owe them debt of gratitude and respect,” she said, adding that the order should be withdrawn immediately and an apology issued. 

The BJP said it was ironical that the Delhi government requested Kerala for oxygen, but had now attempted to snatch its people’s right to speak in their language with each other.

The medical director of GB Pant hospital on Sunday said they had revoked the order.

“The matter is being investigated and action will follow,” medical director Dr Anil Agarwal said.



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