GUWAHATI: The State Government has taken a policy decision on ACS (Assam Civil Service) and APS (Assam Police Service) examinations. The candidates can write all papers in Assamese or English from the coming APSC examinations. Over the years, English has been the only medium for all APSC examinations.
Talking to the media here today, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said, "Over the years, I was not aware of the fact that English is the only medium for APSC examinations. Two students briefed me about this yesterday. I took the instant decision after holding talks with the APSC to allow Assamese as the medium in APSC examinations, besides English. Even candidates can write IAS examinations in regional languages."
The Chief Minister said, "A section is out to drive a wedge between students schooled in English medium and Assamese medium. It does not augur well for the Assamese community. The government cannot bind anybody to make their wards read in a particular medium of instruction. In that case, we will have to lock all the English medium schools in the state.
"The clause of 30-mark Assamese paper came into being from 2018. It was a mistake of our government. We have rectified our mistake. Creating a debate on such a crucial issue will benefit none."
On the upsurge in the Barak Valley on hoardings written in the Assamese language, Sarma said, "Those who are doing this want hatred on the Hindu-Bengalis living in Brahmaputra Valley. It is the handiwork of a new party that wants to make an inroad into the state. The man behind this won't succeed as the Bengalis in the Brahmaputra Valley are not supporting him. The government will act at the right moment. The government is capable enough to tackle the matter."