Language debate: Soon, president, prime minister and Cabinet ministers to deliver speeches in Hindi only

Soon, you will hear President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Modi and his cabinet ministers delivering speeches and issuing statements only in Hindi.

FP Staff April 18, 2017 12:16:35 IST
Language debate: Soon, president, prime minister and Cabinet ministers to deliver speeches in Hindi only

The president, prime minister, and all Cabinet ministers will soon deliver speeches and issue statements only in Hindi. This will soon become a reality, after President Pranab Mukherjee gave his assent to the recommendations made by the Parliamentary Committee on Official Languages.

According to a report in India Today, the government is also expected to simplify many Hindi words for better communication. But while accepting these recommendations, Mukherjee rejected some other suggestions made by the committee. One of them is the mandatory use of Hindi for correspondence in public shareholding companies and all private companies for providing information about products in Hindi.

According to The Times of India, the move is seen as an attempt by the Centre to encourage the use of Hindi for official work. "All dignitaries including Hon'ble President and all the ministers especially who can read and speak Hindi may be requested to give their speech/statement in Hindi only," the report said.

Language debate Soon president prime minister and Cabinet ministers to deliver speeches in Hindi only

File image of President Pranab Mukherjee. PTI

The report claimed that every Hindi speech/statement will be accompanied by a English translation. This will be in contrast to the existing system, wherein ministers issue statements in English, which is supplemented with a Hindi version.

Currently, states like Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan conduct their official business in Hindi. The new rule is expected to impact the working of Union ministries.

The Economic Times reported that the notification has been sent to the Prime Minister's Office, Union ministries and states for compliance. The statutory parliamentary panel had submitted its ninth report making these recommendations in 2011 under the tenure of the then Home Minister P Chidambaram.

However, it is interesting to note that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, along with most of his ministers. do speak in Hindi while conducting business of the House. The parliamentary panel's 2011 report made 117 recommendations. While many were accepted by the president, some could not make the cut.

The Economic Times report said that Mukherjee also accepted the recommendation to provide more Hindi newspapers and magazines on Air India flights, since the report inferred that the language was being neglected by the national carrier. It also recommended printing of Air India tickets in Hindi. However, the recommendation setting a minimum level of knowledge of Hindi to qualify for a government job was rejected.

The president "in principle" also accepted the recommendation to extend Hindi as a compulsory subject until Standard X in all CBSE and Kendriya Vidyalaya schools across India. However, the final decision will be taken only after consultations with respective state governments.

The Times of India reported that the president also rejected the recommendation to create posts related to Hindi language promotion in every ministry and spend more funds on Hindi advertisements.

Updated Date:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

Narendra Modi to address nation today at 6 pm; when and where to watch livestream of PM's speech
India

Narendra Modi to address nation today at 6 pm; when and where to watch livestream of PM's speech

This will be the prime minister's seventh address to the nation since he announced a country-wide lockdown in March to curtail the spread of COVID-19

Narendra Modi Speech Latest Updates: Don't be complacent, need to be cautious till COVID-19 vaccine is out, says PM
India

Narendra Modi Speech Latest Updates: Don't be complacent, need to be cautious till COVID-19 vaccine is out, says PM

Narendra Modi to address nation LATEST Updatess:Addressing the nation over Covid-19 crisis, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday said that the lockdown may have been lifted in the country but warned saying that the “virus is still out there”

PM Narendra Modi, biopic starring Vivek Oberoi, to re-release on 15 October post reopening of theatres
Entertainment

PM Narendra Modi, biopic starring Vivek Oberoi, to re-release on 15 October post reopening of theatres

PM Narendra Modi producer Sandip Ssingh says the controversies at the time of the film's initial release in May 2019 had impacted its box-office performance.