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QUESTION NO.1450 RECOGNITION OF HINDI AS OFFICIAL LANGUAGE OF UN

March 08, 2018

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.1450
TO BE ANSWERED ON 08.03.2018

RECOGNITION OF HINDI AS OFFICIAL LANGUAGE OF UN

†1450. SHRI P.L. PUNIA:

Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state:

(a) the details regarding the number of times efforts were made in the UN General Assembly to get Hindi recognised as an official language of the UN;

(b) the action plan formulated by Government for the acceptance of Hindi as an official language of the UN and for its propagation in the whole world; and

(c) the amount allocated by Government for propagation of Hindi throughout the world and the amount spent for this purpose during the last three years?

 

ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
[GEN. (DR) V. K. SINGH (RETD)]


(a) to (c) The United Nations (UN) has a specific procedure for a language to be recognized as an official language of UN. According to that procedure, getting Hindi accepted as an official language of the UN involves adoption of a Resolution by the UN General Assembly with a minimum of two-third majority, and the additional expenditure, according to UN rules, have to be contributed by all member states.

Government has been taking initiatives for the acceptance of Hindi as an official language of the UN and its propagation worldwide. On major occasions Indian leaders have delivered statements at the UN in Hindi, including Prime Minister’s statement at the 69th UNGA in September 2014, the address of Prime Minister to the UN Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015, and the addresses to the UNGA by External Affairs Minister during the 70th, 71st and 72nd sessions of the UNGA in 2015, 2016 and 2017 respectively. A World Hindi Secretariat has been set up in Mauritius in February 2008 to promote Hindi as an international language. Efforts to propagate Hindi worldwide are also being made by our Diplomatic Missions abroad in coordination with Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR) through activities such as establishment of Chairs of Hindi language in several universities abroad, scholarship and fellowships to foreign students to study Hindi, internationally distributed publication such as "Gagnanchal”, and holding of various types of international conferences pertaining to Hindi.

In FY 2017-18, Rs 5 cores was allocated for efforts to propagate Hindi worldwide through our Diplomatic Missions and Posts abroad. Allocations for this purpose over the last three years were: Rs 3 cr. (2014-15); Rs 3 cr. (2015-16) and Rs 4.99 cr. (2016-17).

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