Manpreet Badal makes shaming statement on English skills of IAS Punjab
Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal’s remark shaming the English speaking skills of IAS officers in Punjab has started a new controversy.
A video of the Finance Minister, in which he is speaking in Punjabi while addressing the World Punjabi Conference on Sunday, has gone viral and has spotted the powerful IAS lobby in Punjab against him.
“No one (IAS officers) can write letters. Sometimes we hold our heads in shame as to how these people cleared the IAS (exams). They cannot even write letters or memorandums to the government of India,” he said.
“Barring one or two, other IAS officers, mostly don’t know how to write English. They don’t know how to write a letter,” Manpreet added.
Manpreet Badal’s remark came as he pointed out that most work in the government was being done in Punjabi.
“All files coming at my level are in Punjabi”
A couple of officers said that the remarks were “unwarranted” and “insulting”. Official sources said that messages were exchanged regarding this in WhatsApp groups of IAS officers.