Thiruvananthapuram: In a significant decision, the State government on Wednesday withdrew its order making proficiency in Malayalam compulsory for getting state government jobs.
The Cabinet, which met on July 24, took the decision following objections from the linguistic minority department.
As part of the 100 days action plan of the Chief Minister, the government had decided to make knowledge of Malayalam mandatory for recruitment in government service.
The order had made it mandatory for those candidates who did studies in non-Malayalam medium to qualify a proficiency test in Malayalam during their probation period after joining. Those who had studied in Malayalam medium up to 10th standard would be exempted from such examination.
The Public Service Commission (PSC) had approved the government decision making Malayalam mandatory for job-seekers.
Following it, linguistic minorities had expressed grave concern over the decision and asked the government to withdraw the language order.