VIJAYAWADA: “Make knowledge of Telugu language compulsory to get jobs in Andhra Pradesh and make Telugu mandatory for all students irrespective of the medium of language the school adopts in the State,” Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu has advised Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu.Expressing happiness over the Chief Minister’s intention of making Telugu language mandatory in the schools, Venkaiah Naidu, who was in Vijayawada to lay foundation stone for the National Waterway 4 and a few other National Highway projects on Tuesday, said that those who are applying for jobs in the State should know Telugu.
“You do it and everyone will study Telugu and patronise the mother tongue of millions in the State. It will automatically solve several problems,” Venkaiah said. The Vice-President said he is not against people learning other languages, but only want them proficient enough in their mother tongue before pursuing other languages. Describing mother tongue as eyes and other languages as spectacles, the Vice-President said without eyes what is the use of spectacles. “You should learn your mother tongue first. It will be beneficial than learning other languages,” he said.
Opining that the increased trend among the parents of sending their children to the convents will hinder their growth and future, Venkaiah Naidu said he had not studied in English medium school, neither had Chandrababu Naidu studied in a convent.“I have today become the Vice- President after being minister and heading the party at the national level. Chandrababu Naidu has become Chief Minister. Though he has not studied in English medium school, Narendra Modi heads a powerful nation -- India - as its Prime Minister,” he pointed out. He emphasised that any officer from other places coming to the State for working here should be able speak and have knowledge of Telugu language. Venkaiah Naidu said as a Telugu person, he is happy to see the State on the path of development.
“I am happy to be part of today’s important event, that sees the State getting waterways and projects to interconnect national highways,” he said and added that it is also important that the State capital Amaravati, which is heart of the State, is being interconnected to other regions in various ways.
Stressing on the need for interlinking of rivers, he praised Chandrababu Naidu for leading from the front. He said Pattiseema Lift Irrigation Scheme, which linked Krishna and Godavari rivers, saved Krishna delta from drought-like situation.
He said protection of rivers is the duty of every individual. On the occasion, the Vice-President said that he will make a visit to Polavaram project when it reaches the final stage of construction.Suggesting the opposition parties not to obstruct development, he said politics should not be an obstacle to development. He suggested the State government to make it mandatory that name boards of all shops and offices should be in Telugu language. All applications should be available in Telugu, he said.