President Pranab Mukherjee approves only Hindi speeches for dignitaries

Q.  Which of the following recommendations of the Parliamentary Committee was accepted by President?
- Published on 19 Apr 17

a. Speeches of dignitaries including President should be delivered in Hindi alone
b. National carrier Air India should have Hindi inflight journals
c. All PSU communications should be in Hindi
d. Both a and b

ANSWER: Both a and b
President Pranab Mukherjee approves only Hindi speeches for dignitariesPresident Pranab Mukherjee has accepted the recommendations of a parliamentary committee that says speeches of dignitaries, including the President and Union Ministers, should be delivered in Hindi alone if they can.

To promote Hindi, the President has directed the Aviation Ministry to ensure that national carrier Air India have Hindi in-flight journals.

However, the president has rejected the idea of mandatory use of Hindi in all official communication of public share holding companies or forcing private companies to bring out a Hindi catalogue of their products.

He has also turned down the proposal of a minimum knowledge of Hindi as a prerequisite for a government job.

The Committee of Parliament on Official Languages made over 100 recommendations in 2011 to promote Hindi and interestingly, even then the Committee was headed by a non-Hindi speaking politician, former Home Minister P Chidambaram.

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