"Other states must emulate the example of Telangana government in according priority to mother tongue," he told. Naidu, who often spoke about his love for Telugu, expressed hope that the Andhra Pradesh government would take a similar decision at the earliest.
"I hope, Andhra Pradesh government will take a similar decision at the earliest," he said.
In another major decision, the state government has decided that all the public and private establishments and institutions in Telangana should display their organisation's names in Telugu on their signboards.
Telangana CM has directed the Sahitya Academy to prepare a syllabus for the Telugu subject to be taught to students of primary, secondary and higher and intermediate classes. The syllabus fixed by the Sahitya Academy will be taught in all the educational institutions, said the release.
"The syllabus should be framed and textbooks should be printed at the earliest. The syllabus fixed by the Sahitya Academy will be taught in all the educational institutions and they are not expected to print textbooks and teach syllabus according to their whims and fancies," it told.
Welcoming the steps for promotion of Telugu language, the main opposition Congress' deputy leader in Telangana Legislative Council, P Sudhakar Reddy, however, told that linguistic minorities must be kept in mind in the implementation of the policy. "Telugu must be promoted. But, linguistic minorities need to be kept in mind. Moreover, it is better if the state government convenes an all-party meeting to discuss the issue. It should not be a unilateral decision," Reddy said PTI.