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Hindi Should Be An Alternative To English, “The Language Of India”: Amit Shah 

According to the Home Minister, 70 percent of the Union Cabinet’s agenda is currently drafted in Hindi. It’s time to make Hindi an integral pillar of India’s unity. 

On Thursday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah stated that Hindi should be recognized as an alternative to English rather than the local language.

Mr. Amit Shah, the head of the Parliamentary Official Language Committee, informed members that 70% of the Union Cabinet’s agenda was now drafted in Hindi. Shah said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided that the medium of running the government is the official language, and this will increase the importance of Hindi, according to a statement issued by the Union Home Ministry.

He said, “Now the time has come to make the Official Language an important part of the unity of the country, and added that when citizens of states who speak other languages communicate with each other, it should be in “the language of India”. He also stated that unless Hindi is made flexible by accepting words from other local languages, it will not be “propagated”.

Shah emphasised three key factors. To begin with, the committee is asked to meet in July to discuss the execution of the recommendations provided in the first through eleventh volumes of its report. Shah said, “the Secretary of the Official Language Committee should inform the members about the implementation of the volume-wise report at that meeting.” Under the second point, he emphasized the importance of providing students with basic Hindi understanding up to Class 9 and paying greater attention to Hindi teaching assessments. According to the statement, the third issue was raised by the home minister, who advised rewriting the Hindi dictionary and republishing it.

On this occasion, Shah unanimously endorsed the delivery to the President of the 11th volume of the committee’s report. He said that the pace at which the current Official Language Committee is working has rarely been seen before.

The home minister also mentioned that sending three reports to the President in the same tenure of the committee is a joint achievement of all.

He declares, after meeting with all secretaries concerned, that “an Implementation Committee should be constituted to review the progress of implementing recommendations of the 1st to 11th volumes of the Official Language Committee report.” and announced that 22,000 Hindi teachers have been recruited in eight northeastern states.

In addition, nine indigenous tribes in the Northeast have switched the scripts of their dialects to Devanagari.

(Sources- the Hindu; the week)

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