NEW DELHI, Dec 21: Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh said here today that the government accords high priority to promote the use of Hindi language in day-to-day office working, but at the same time, it should not be, by any means, construed as an attempt to forcibly impose anything on anybody, “we believe in promoting Hindi through ”motivation” and by inspiration, not imposition”.
Addressing “Hindi Karyashala”, a workshop of Rajbhasha Samiti organized by the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) here today, Dr Jitendra Singh said, the use of Hindi as a medium of communication in office work in government circles, has certainly increased in recent years. But, what is the most important change in the last two or three years, he said, is that earlier many of us were writing documents in Hindi, but still “thinking” in English and now, most of us who write in Hindi also “think” in Hindi.
Welcoming the nominated members to the Committee, Dr Jitendra Singh said, it is these members who, in their capacity as experts, should plan the format and content for the working of the Rajbhasha Samiti, whereas the DoPT can perform facilitatory role by helping them in arranging and organizing the programmes or events decided by them.
Dr Jitendra Singh also announced that hereafter Rajbhasha Samiti will organize a Hindi related programme on quarterly basis regardless of whether the Minister is available or not, so that the continuity is not lost. The format of each activity can vary from workshop to symposium to other facets of Hindi language and linguistics, he said.
Speaking on the occasion, one of the nominated members of the Committee, R.P. Singh pointed out that, according to his information, the Rajbhasha Samiti meeting had not been convened for almost a decade before the present government took over under Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Another member Naveen Kumar lauded the enthusiasm and interest with which Dr Jitendra Singh has tried to push forward the aims and objectives of the Committee. Members Abhishek Gupta, Prem Singh and others also spoke on the occasion. The meeting was attended by entire staff including officers of DoPT and the related departments.