Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said that the core objective of ‘Hindi Divas’ celebration was to bring awareness on teaching and learning of Hindi language. “Hindi makes us feel proud Indians. It is not only a national language, but also constitutional language as in 1949 the constitutional body for self-governance adopted
Hindi as ‘Rajbhasha’,” he said at a function to mark the Hindi Divas and Rajbhasha awards ceremony here on Wednesday.Singh said Himachal Pradesh was Hindi speaking state and the state government had issued directions in February 1976 to make use of Hindi language in day-to-day official working.
“The state government had been honouring those employees who were using Hindi language in their day to day working,” he added.He said the department of Language, Art and Culture was playing a pivotal role in encouraging the use of Hindi and had been organising workshops, symposiums, seminars, etc. in educational institutions of the state for promotion of Hindi language. “Besides, the department was promoting Hindi language and literature by conducting competitions in Hindi right from the secretariat level down to schools and colleges including government offices all over the state,” he said.
Singh emphasised the importance of Hindi language and said the students should be proud of the national language and should be enriched by adopting good words from the language.He called upon students to make united efforts for the progress and promotion of Hindi so that unity of the country can be strengthened.
He said that the country which does not have its own language, its own culture can never prosper. “We are proud to be ‘Hindi Rashtra’ and together we are also proud of all other regional languages spoken and adopted by the different states in our country. But above all, Hindi remains an official language of our country.”
Irrigation and Public Health and Horticulture Minister, Vidya Stokes was also present on the occasion and she also distributed prizes. Earlier, Art, Language and Culture Secretary Anuradha Thakur detailed about the importance of Hindi Divas and other activities of the department besides initiatives being taken to promoting Hindi.
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