[lg policy] India: Hindi Diwas to be Observed Tomorrow

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Wed Sep 14 13:38:17 UTC 2011

Hindi Diwas to be Observed Tomorrow

Hindi Diwas will be observed all over the country tomorrow. It was on
14th September, 1949 when the Constitution-makers of the country
decided to accord the status of Official Language of the Union to
Hindi. To commemorate the historic occasion, Hindi Diwas is observed
every year on 14th September.

The celebration of Hindi Diwas is marked by awarding of prizes for
excellence in various fields viz. implementation of Official Language
Policy; original Hindi Book-Writing in professional domain by the
professionals concerned; and Hindi book-writing on subjects of Science
and Technology, including scientific and technological subjects of
contemporary interest.

The prizes under the category of Implementation of Official Language
Policy are awarded to the Ministries/Departments of Govt. of India,
Public Sectors Undertakings, Nationalised Banks & Financial
Institutions, and Autonomous Bodies/Corporations/Boards. Till last
year, the awards for the Ministries/ Departments were given to two
sub-categories namely, those with staff strength of 300 and above, and
those with strength of less than 300. This year, a new sub-category of
‘Scientific and Technical Ministries/Departments’ has been added to
provide requisite motivation for wider use of Hindi in the field of
Science and Technology. Awards for the PSUs and other categories are
given on the basis of three linguistic regions. Besides, creative
writing in Hindi is accorded recognition by awarding Indira Gandhi
Maulik Pustak Lekhan Puraskar, and Rajeev Gandhi Gyan-Vigyan Maulik
Pustak-Lekhan Puraskar.

The President, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil will be the Chief Guest
on the ‘Hindi Day’ function tomorrow at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi being
organized by the Department of Official Language, Ministry of Home
Affairs. On this occasion, the President will be conferring 52 awards
in various categories.


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