CHENNAI: A DMK MP and NDA constituent PMK on Sunday criticised rail users in Tamil Nadu allegedly receiving train ticket confirmation SMS in Hindi, with the Parliamentarian lashing out at “Hindi imposition”. Southern Railway however clarified that the issue was the result of a particular user selecting Hindi as the preferred language while registering in the IRCTC website. “Language is an option in e-ticketing,” a southern Railway release said.
Earlier, DMK MP from South Chennai, Thamizhachi Thangapandian,took to Twitter to share a screenshot of the SMS purportedly received in Hindi. “The #GovernmentofIndia despite its promises to not impose Hindi, continues to impose the language through insidious means. Stop forcing Hindi on the non-Hindi speaking states,” she said. In a series of tweets, she tagged the railway ministry and urged it to take urgent steps to ensure non-Hindi speakers are also able to access the IRCTC services. “#StopHindiImposition,” she added.
Party MP Kanimozhi also criticised the alleged Hindi imposition. “They are not respecting people’s feelings and are repeatedly imposing Hindi,” she said in an apparent reference to the Centre. “People (in TN) cannot read what is mentioned in the SMS since it is in Hindi,” she told reporters at the airport here and warned of “serious repercussions” due to such incidents.
PMK founder Dr S Ramadoss, whose party is an ally of the ruling BJP at the Centre, alleged that SMSes for e- tickets in Tamil Nadu are “being sent in Hindi for the last two days.”
Southern Railway, which earlier ‘flagged’ the matter to the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation, the authorised e-ticketing agency, said in the case on hand, the person had selected Hindi as the preferred language while registering on the IRCTC portal.

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