To help make Hindi official, a saral dictionary

DictionaryHindi dictionary. c r sasikumar

A simplified dictionary for government officials will seek to promote the use of Hindi, fast falling out of favour in official communication. It is being brought out by the Ministry of Home Affairs, nodal ministry for promoting the national language.

A recent Parliamentary Standing Committee report on the MHA observed many ministries and departments were not using Hindi in their communications as the Official Languages Act prescribes. The MHA informed the committee an eight-member panel has been constituted to promote the language and they were coming out with a saral dictionary.

The ministries and departments found not using Hindi often enough include Panchayati Raj, Chemicals and Petrochemicals, Scientific and Industrial Research, and Health and Family Welfare.

"The committee understands that it is the constitutional duty of the Government of India to promote Hindi language and it is duty of the Department of Official Languages to promote/encourage use of Hindi language in all the departments/ministries of the country," observed the committee, chaired by BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu.

The Department of Official Languages is also coming out with an e-mahashabdkosh, an e-dictionary of Hindi and English words used on various government domains on the Internet.

The Department of Official Languages under the MHA monitors the use of Hindi in about 10,000 central government offices across the country. This year it trained more than 4,500 officials in Hindi typewriting. An official said posts of Hindi translators are lying vacant in many ministries and departments.

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