Govt asked to ensure use of Bangla

Staff Correspondent

The High Court on Tuesday directed six secretaries to implement by May 15 a High Court directive to stop the use of the English language in all advertisements and vehicle registration plates.
The bench of Justice Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and Justice ABM Atlaf Hossain also expressed dissatisfaction about the reports the cabinet division and the information ministry submitted to the court in keeping with the earlier order.
Nothing but exchange of some letters has been done since February 7 when the court issued the directive against the use of English in signs, hoardings, banners, vehicle registration plates and nameplates in offices, the bench observed on Tuesday.
Advertisements, nameplates and banners were still being written in English, and advertisements in English or in a mix with Bangla were being used in electronic and print media in breach of the directive, the court said.
During the hearing, the court told the deputy attorney general Bishwajit Roy that newspapers in English could publish advertisements in English.
‘It seems that higher authorities are not interested in introducing the Bangla language in all spheres,’ the court observed.
The cabinet secretary in the cabinet division report said that after being informed, he issued letters to secretaries or acting secretaries of all ministries on March 2  to take steps to implement the High Court directives immediately.
The information secretary in his report said that the ministry on April 7 had notified all print media editors and electronic media chairmen and managing directors to implement the court directive. The copy of the directive was attached to the notification.
The High Court on February 17 asked the respondents to explain in two weeks why the Bengali Language Introduction Act 1987 would not be implemented immediately in all its offices and courts.
The court in an interim order issued to the secretaries to the ministries of law, home affairs, religious affairs, information and education said that all signs, nameplates and vehicle registration plates should be written in Bangla in a month.
The order, however, exempted foreign embassies and other missions.
They came up with the order after hearing a writ petition that Supreme Court lawyer Md Eunus Ali Akond filed seeking directives on the government for the implementation of the Bengali Language Introduction Act 1987.

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