15 languages will be used for the paramilitary forces' constable examinations.
New Delhi: In a historic step, the Ministry of Home Affairs has authorised the Central Armed Police Forces to conduct the constable (general duty) test in 13 regional languages in addition to Hindi and English.
The CAPFs include the Border Security Force (BSF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), and National Security Guard (NSG).
In addition to Hindi and English, "the Ministry of Home Affairs has approved conducting constable (general duty) examination for CAPFs in 13 regional languages, in a landmark move under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi," it stated.
The question paper will be given in 13 regional languages in addition to Hindi and English, including Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Odia, Urdu, Punjabi, Manipuri, and Konkani.
The declaration comes days after Shah was urged by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin in a letter to add Tamil as a language for the written test for hiring individuals for the CRPF.
Stalin said in his letter that the written exam for the CRPF recruitment was advertised as being available in Hindi and English.
The decision, according to the Ministry of Home Affairs, will lead to thousands of applicants completing the test in their native tongue or a regional language, improving their chances of being selected.
According to the announcement, an addition to the current Memorandum of Understanding between the ministry and the Staff Selection Commission would be signed to enable the administration of the exam in other Indian languages.
One of the commission's hallmark tests, Constable (general duty), draws tens of thousands of applicants from all around the nation.
Starting on January 1, 2024, the test will be given in 13 regional languages in addition to Hindi and English.
In order to encourage local youth to take advantage of the chance to take the test in their mother language and to participate in large numbers in order to forge a career serving the country, the state governments and Union Territory administrations are anticipated to undertake a broad campaign.
According to the statement, the ministry is totally dedicated to promoting the usage and growth of regional languages under the direction of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah.