Central govt minister expresses unhappiness over Hindi used in official papers

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Union Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave has expressed “unhappiness” over Hindi used in official papers “not being upto the mark” from the linguistic point and directed that all such documents should be vetted before being sent to him.

In an office memorandum, dated January 11, the Ministry said that the Minister has directed that all such papers be “invariably” vetted by the Official Language (OL) division before sending it to his office.

“It has been observed that documents being submitted in Hindi to the office of the Minister from various divisions, sections and units of this Ministry are not upto the mark from the linguistic point of view on which the Minister expressed his unhappiness and has directed that all such documents which are neither translated nor typewritten by the OL Division of the Ministry be invariably got vetted by them before submission to his office,” the memorandum said.

The memorandum, signed by joint secretary in the Ministry Anil Sant, said that this particular arrangement comes into force with immediate effect.

A top Ministry official told PTI that the Minister wanted the Hindi language in the documents submitted to him to be “flawless”.

“When there is no shortcomings in the documents submitted to him in English, then why should there be any such thing when it is in Hindi. The order was issued so that the language is flawless. There is always scope of improvement,” the official said on the condition of anonymity.

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