Accepting a recommendation of the Committee of Parliament on Official Languages, President Pranab Mukherjee called for all ministers, Prime Minister, President and all dignitaries to deliver all speeches in Hindi from now onward. An official notification has also been issued to all the ministries, states and Prime Minister’s office advising all those who can read and speak Hindi to make all speeches in the language.
Six years ago, the committee had given 117 recommendations on how make Hindi more popular.
Other suggestions from the committee that the President has accepted include scripts on Air India tickets to be in Hindi and making Hindi magazines and newspapers available on board. The committee had recommended implementing it for all the airlines of India, but it has been kept to only the state-owned airline.
The President has also ordered all government and semi-government institutions to cite names of all products in Hindi. The committee had, however, recommended correspondence by all public shareholding companies be in Hindi and all private companies to mention products’ names in Hindi.
The President has also given a nod to making Hindi a compulsory subject for classes 8 to 10 in all CBSE schools and Kendriya Vidyalayas in Category-A Hindi-speaking states after the formulation of a policy in consultation with states.
The government will put together a dictionary which has English-to-Hindi words transliterated so that difficult language in government correspondence can be avoided.