New Delhi. The meeting of the Hindi Advisory Committee of the Ministry of HeavyIndustries was held today at Gangtok. Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey, Union Minister of Heavy Industries presided over the meeting.
He also described the selection of Sikkim for the first meeting of the committee as important and symbolic. His suggestion that the tradition of inviting members of the parliamentary Official Language Committee and Hindi Salahkar Samiti should be started especially during Hindi fortnight was warmly welcomed.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Pandey appealed for linguistic self-reliance on the lines of the Prime Minister’s self-reliant India and said that Hindi needs to be increased keeping respect for all regional languages. The Minister said that he is accepting files only in Hindi in his office. Members of the committee included the learned non-official members of Hindi, Prof.Puran Chand Tandon (University of Delhi), Prof. Okean LEGO (Rajiv Gandhi University, Arunachal Pradesh), Dr. Santram Vaish (Retired Professor of Hindi, Gurukul KandiUniversity) and Dr. Bandana Pandey (Gautam Buddha University, Noida).
Bhola Singh raised the issue of excessive use of English words in the presentation of some companies. Pro. Tandon drew attention to the vacancies of directors in five major Hindi institutions of the Centre. The Minister said that he would write a letter to the Home Minister regarding this.
Rajya Sabha MP Ms. Seema Dwivedi and Lok Sabha MP (Bulandshahar) Shri BholaSingh were also present in the meeting. Secretary Ministry of Heavy Industries, Shri Arun Goyal, Joint Secretary Shri Vijay Mittal, Director Shri Rajnesh Singh, and VikasDogra was present from the Ministry.
Hindi Salahkar Samiti is a committee constituted in each ministry of the central government to promote official work in Hindi, which has a provision of holding at least two meetings in a year. The meeting held in Gangtok on May 15 was the first meeting of the reconstituted committee of the ministry.