[lg policy] nking in Hindi

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Sat Oct 7 16:01:42 EDT 2017

NATIONAL <http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/>
Banks asked to enable core banking in Hindi
<http://www.thehindu.com/profile/author/Vijaita-Singh-684/>Vijaita Singh
NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 01, 2017 22:13 IST
UPDATED: OCTOBER 01, 2017 22:14 IST

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President Ram Nath Kovind had accepted recommendations, which include
‘financial services in Hindi.’   | Photo Credit:Arunangsu Roy Chowdhury
Banks have been asked to update databases in Hindi and customers should not
be compelled to fill forms only in English

The Home Ministry has asked all banks, private and public sector, to enable
their core banking facility in Hindi.

Prabhas Kumar Jha, Secretary, Department of Official Language told *The
Hindu*that banks have been asked to update databases in Hindi and customers
should not be compelled to fill forms only in English.

“Software that would help banks transact in Hindi has already been
developed by Infosys. Banks should modulate the software in such a way that
a customer can get the passbook in Hindi. It should also be in regional
languages. Some banks in Gujarat and Maharashtra have done it. ATMs already
have a Hindi option,” said Mr. Jha.

He said that as per the Official Languages Act, 1963 there was no provision
of punitive action for not using Hindi in official communication but the
language could only be promoted through “persuasion and encouragement.”

Last year, the Official Language department pulled out a 2011 report of the
parliamentary standing committee on Hindi and sent it to the then President
of India Pranab Mukherjee for his approval in April. As many as 110 out of
117 recommendations in the report were accepted. The Home Ministry issued
an advisory to all States and government departments to implement the

A Home Ministry official said the recommendations were not mandatory. In
August, President Ram Nath Kovind accepted the remaining recommendations
which include “financial services in Hindi.”

Mr. Jha said though States were free to choose their language,
Hindi-speaking States should also learn other regional languages like Tamil.
Promoting Hindi

“Crores of people speak Hindi, you cannot escape this language. We want to
promote Hindi as a link language…young people from southern States want to
learn Hindi for employment opportunities,” he said.

In April, DMK leader M.K. Stalin had accused the BJP government at the
Centre of imposing Hindi on “non-Hindi speaking” States and turning India
into “Hindia.”

In July Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah wrote to the Centre stating
that Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation should redesign its signboards
without using Hindi language and script.

Mr. Jha said Hindi was used on signboards in Bangalore Metro as it came
under the Central Act and was in consonance with the three-language policy
of the Centre. He said a mobile app Lila that would help people learn Hindi
has already been launched. “The app has a dictionary with over four lakh
words. We are promoting popular words of Hindi. For example, demonetisation
is popularly known as notebandi. We are trying to incorporate this in our
dictionary,” said Mr. Jha.

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