Friday, October 4, 2013

Centre to adopt 'Hindi only' policy: HC

The Gujarat high court,  turned down a PIL seeking direction to the Centre to do away with English and conduct all its administrative functions in Hindi language.

Dismissing a PIL, the court observed that it cannot ask the government to adopt a particular language if there is no infringement on the petitioner's legal or fundamental rights.

Earlier also, this HC had made it clear that Hindi is not the national language of this country, but one of the official languages.

In this PIL, one Amrutlal Parmar from Rajkot wanted the HC to ask the Union government to undertake all administrative works in Hindi as it is the national language. He contended that although India became independent more than six decades ago, people are still obsessed with English.

Parmar said that Hindi has been almost neglected and the country uses English extensively for all purposes. To this, the bench of Chief Justice Bhaskar Bhattacharya and Justice J B Pardiwala explained to the petitioner that section 3 of the Official Languages Act, 1963, enacted by Parliament in exercise of powers conferred on it by Articles 343(3) and 120(2) of the Constitution, provides that English language may be continued to be used in addition to Hindi for all purposes.

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