Prez, ministers may have to give speeches in Hindi

NEW DELHI
18 Apr 2017

All dignitaries, including the President and ministers, may soon start giving speeches in Hindi if a Parliamentary panel's recommendations accepted by President Pranab Mukherjee are implemented.

Mukherjee has accepted most of the recommendations made in the ninth report of the Committee of Parliament on Official Language. The report was submitted in 2011.
The panel's recommendation that all dignitaries including the President and ministers, especially those who can read and speak Hindi, may be requested to give their speech/statement in Hindi only, has been accepted, as per an official order. The President has accepted many other recommendations, including making announcements on Indian aeroplanes in Hindi followed by English.

On flights, half of the reading material should consist of Hindi newspapers and magazines as "Hindi is grossly neglected by airlines", as per the panel's recommendation, accepted by the President. The ministry of civil aviation has been asked to ensure implementation of this recommendation. The panel had asked the ministry of human resource development to make serious efforts to make Hindi Language compulsory in the curriculum. "As a first step, Hindi should be made a compulsory subject up to the tenth standard in all schools of CBSE and Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan," it had recommended.