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Shillong: Amidst the debate over Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s remark to make Hindi compulsory in northeastern states till Class 10, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma said there is no harm in learning a new language.

He, however, said that an equal emphasis should be laid on setting up of learning or research institutes for local languages.

Speaking with the media on Tuesday, Sangma said that he has seen the benefit of learning both Hindi and English languages and doesn’t find any reason of learning any new language as something bad.

“English has emerged as one of the most common languages across the world, especially in the job market, and so one has to be proficient in English. But at the same time, Hindi is the most widely-spoken language across the country and so it be will an advantage for our youngsters to be able to learn a new language like Hindi,” mentioned Sangma.

Stating that there is nothing wrong in letting the children learn both English and Hindi, Sangma said that even though the Central government is working towards making it (Hindi) mandatory, he is yet to receive any official confirmation.

“The Home Minister has said that the mother tongue should always be on top and highest priority should be accorded to local language. Therefore, more emphasis should be given on learning and research of the local languages,” stated the Meghalaya Chief Minister.

He added that funds should be given by the Central government to set up institutes to promote local languages as well as for its research and documentation.

Sangma added that one should not restrain from learning Hindi or other languages. “If children can learn English, Hindi and or other foreign languages for that matter, it will help them in future in terms of job opportunities,” said Sangma.

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