"Gujarat CM writes letter to Prime Minister to rectify the new UPSC exam rules "
"Narendra Modi describes changes in UPSC Exam Rules, disallowing writing answer in Gujarati, as ‘language bias’ towards Gujarati "

Gandhinagar, Thursday: In a letter sent to Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, Gujarat Chief Minister Mr. Narendra Modi today strongly protested recent changes in the rules of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) examination, disallowing writing the test in Gujarati. The decision would ruin the dreams of thousands of candidates from Gujarat appearing the UPSC examinations for various civil services posts.

Reflecting the anguish of a large number of affected candidates, Mr. Modi sought Dr Singh’s immediate intervention to take quick remedial measures in the matter.

Earlier, marks obtained in the English language paper were not counted for deciding the merit. With the introduction of new rules, marks obtained in English ‘comprehension’ and ‘précis’ are proposed to be counted for deciding the final merit.

A candidate will not be able to write the ‘essay’ in Gujarati or in any other language. He has to now compulsorily write it in English or Hindi only.

In case a candidate had his graduation in any of the ‘approved’ regional language, then he may opt to answer all the question papers (except Section-2 of Paper-1 on English comprehension and précis) in that particular language. However, there should be at least 25 candidates writing in that language. The criteria for writing answer in English or Hindi only if the number of total candidates in the ‘approved’ language was less than 25.

As per the new rules, if the number of candidates appearing for UPSC had graduated in Gujarati medium is less than 25, they could not write the essay or précis in Gujarat.

Mr. Modi described the new rule as a ‘language bias’ towards Gujarati, because a large number of students, studying up to schools in regional language and then shift to English language at graduate and higher level, could not be as proficient in English or Hindi as in their regional language only.

He said a large number of poor, tribal and other socially backward candidates belong to this disadvantageous section, owing to the new rule, spoiling their chances in civil services.

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October 20, 2021
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Industry leaders praise steps taken by the government towards improving energy access, energy affordability and energy security

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi interacted with the CEOs and Experts of the global oil and gas sector earlier today, via video conferencing.

Prime Minister discussed in detail the reforms undertaken in the oil and gas sector in the last seven years, including the ones in exploration and licensing policy, gas marketing, policies on coal bed methane, coal gasification, and the recent reform in Indian Gas Exchange, adding that such reforms will continue with the goal to make India ‘Aatmanirbhar in the oil & gas sector’.

Talking about the oil sector, he said that the focus has shifted from ‘revenue’ to ‘production’ maximization. He also spoke about the need to enhance  storage facilities for crude oil.  He further talked about the rapidly growing natural gas demand in the country. He talked about the current and potential gas infrastructure development including pipelines, city gas distribution and LNG regasification terminals.

Prime Minister recounted that since 2016, the suggestions provided in these meetings have been immensely useful in understanding the challenges faced by the oil and gas sector. He said that India is a land of openness, optimism and opportunities and is brimming with new ideas, perspectives and innovation. He invited the CEOs and experts to partner with India in exploration and development of the oil and gas sector in India. 

The interaction was attended by industry leaders from across the world, including Dr. Igor Sechin, Chairman & CEO, Rosneft; Mr. Amin Nasser, President & CEO, Saudi Aramco; Mr. Bernard Looney, CEO, British Petroleum; Dr. Daniel Yergin, Vice Chairman, IHS Markit; Mr. Olivier Le Peuch, CEO, Schlumberger Limited; Mr. Mukesh Ambani, Chairman & Managing Director, Reliance Industries Limited; Mr Anil Agarwal, Chairman, Vedanta Limited, among others.

They praised several recent achievements of the government towards improving energy access, energy affordability and energy security. They appreciated the leadership of the Prime Minister towards the transition to cleaner energy in India, through visionary and ambitious goals. They said that India is adapting fast to newer forms of clean energy technology, and can play a significant role in shaping global energy supply chains. They talked about ensuring sustainable and equitable energy transition, and also gave their inputs and suggestions about further promotion of clean growth and sustainability.