While there is a deep and perceptible civilizational commonality that run all the way from Kashmir down to the tip of India, Kanyakumari, National integration has been a constant issue since independence. Politicians of many States have injected and fueled local and regional sentiments in the chase for votes and power. A lot of people, identifying themselves with the local politicians, have gone along with this and thus created fractured or splintered narrative even as all come together as one in time of national emergencies such as war, and identify themselves as Indians when abroad.
The language policy of the government of India as it was announced many decades ago did not help, in fact, it fueled this “I’m different” narrative. No national or regional political party has ever come up with a structured, holistic and nationally applicable policy framework to bring the forces of national integration, within the exciting narrative of the myriad cultural and language diversity of the nation, into play such that the people unite even as they celebrate their own, and each-other’s differences.
The Rising India Party proposes through a set of sensible and do-able Policies to change this state of affairs and bring in some genuine excitement and celebration amongst the vast and wise population of our great nation for the people of India to discuss, debate, add or subtract from the Policy Frame as laid out below:
- The Rising India Party government, would bring all State governments to the round-table to frame the following laws and rules after due discussion and agreement as detailed.
- It would be mandated that all State Civil services, including the Police services, be moved to a system whereby 25% to 40% of the staff are put on roster transfers to other States for three year rotations at least once during their service tenure, and possibly two rotations to other States equaling 6 years of their service tenure.
- These posting would or could be with families.
- The transferred staff would be taught the language of the State to which they are being posted for three months intensive evening or morning timings, prior to their posting, after the posting notice has been issued.
- The postings would attract a salary benefit of 25% above salary in home state.
- During the posting period, their children’s education would be free with fees paid by the Central government.
- Central schools would be first choice for the education of the children of the posted government staff.
- Family accommodation would be provided to those transferring with their families.
- All future enrolments into State government services will have their terms and conditions of employment to be amended to read that they would be required to undertake such postings as part of their service with the government.
- Those opting for such postings will gain review points that would mean faster promotions.
- In the first instance, this would be offered as a voluntary choice.
- However, if the percentage of staff to be on this rotation is not met through voluntary choice in the first instance, then a lottery system for each State service would be employed and those whose names are picked will have to comply.
- Exceptions may be granted to those who have aged or ill parents or other pressing reasons that can be proved under scrutiny conditions.
- Language Policy:
- The language policy would be amended state that all North Indians will have to learn at least one South or East-West Indian language at school level from class 1 to 10
- All South Indians will need to learn Hindi at school from class 1 to 10
- Thus, all Indians will become at least tri-lingual as they grow to adult-hood.
- All children throughout India would have built into their curriculum this policy that would include spending term time in schools in other States up to year 8 of their education.
- This would create both excitement amongst our youth and cross-cultural understanding amongst them, and eventually, amongst the population.TO BE ADDED