Chennai: Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said there is no attempt by the Centre to impose Hindi on Tamil Nadu people.

She said that the Centre is trying to promote Tamil. She said as part of the Centre's 'EK Bharat Shreshta Bharat' scheme, efforts have been made to popularise Tamil in the northern states.

She said that one can question the government if such imposition is happening, but here nothing is happening and people should not jump to a conclusion that there is an imposition of the language.

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Early last month, the Centre dropped the contentious provision of mandatory teaching of Hindi in non-Hindi speaking states and issued a revised draft education policy amid outrage over its earlier suggestion.

The DMK and other parties in Tamil Nadu had strongly opposed the three-language formula in the draft National Education Policy and alleged it was tantamount to thrusting Hindi on non-Hindi speaking states.

The draft of the National Education Policy, proposed by the panel constituted by Union minister Prakash Javadekar when he was HRD minister in the Narendra Modi 1.0 government, had suggested teaching of Hindi in non-Hindi speaking states.

The move triggered outbursts across the state of Tamil Nadu with several people coming together in opposing it.