Federal Home Minister and Cooperation Minister Amit Shah on Thursday stressed the need to accept Hindi as an alternative to English and not to local languages.
The Minister of Interior made the remarks while presiding over the 37th meeting of the Parliamentary Official Language Committee here at the Parliament headquarters.
“Hindi should be accepted as an alternative to English and not the local languages,” Shah said, adding, “Unless we make Hindi flexible by accepting words from other local languages, it will not be published.”
He said it was now time to make the official language an important part of the country’s unity. Meanwhile, Shah said that when the citizens of the countries communicate with each other, it should be an Indian language whether it is regional or state specific.
During the meeting, the Home Minister unanimously agreed to send the eleventh volume of the commission’s report to the President of India.
The minister pointed out that the pace at which the present official language commission is working was seldom seen before, adding that sending three reports to the President of India in the same term of office is a common achievement of all.
The Federal Home Minister informed the committee members that 70 per cent of the Cabinet agenda was prepared in Hindi.
He said, “22,000 Indian teachers were recruited in eight north-eastern states. Nine tribal communities in the north-east have also converted their dialect texts into Devanagari. Apart from this, all the eight states in the north-east have agreed to make Hindi compulsory in schools. Even Class X.”
The Federal Minister of the Interior stressed three main points. One is that the committee is required to hold a meeting in July to implement the recommendations made from volumes one to volume eleven of the report. Shah said that the Secretary of the Official Languages Commission should brief the members on the implementation of the volumetric report at that meeting.
Under the second point, he emphasized the need to give initial knowledge of Hindi to students up to grade 9 and pay more attention to Hindi teaching exams.
On the third point, the Federal Minister of Home Affairs suggested re-publishing the Indian dictionary with its revision. Shah also said that after meeting with all the trustees involved, an executive committee should be formed to review progress in implementing the recommendations of volumes I to XI of the Official Language Commission Report.
Official Language Commission Chairman Amit Shah said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided that the medium of government administration is the official language and this will certainly increase the importance of the Hindi language.
The meeting was also attended by Union Ministers of State for Home Affairs Ajay Kumar Mishra and Nishith Pramanik, Deputy Chairman of Parliamentary Committee on Official Language Bhartohari Mahtab and other members of the committee.