Progressive use of official language Hindi
As per the instructions issued from time to time by the Department of Official Language, Ministry of Home Affairs, Department of Fertilizers is making constant endeavour for implementing the Official Language Policy of the Union. The work pertaining to the progressive use of Hindi in the Department, its attached office FICC and 07 PSUs is under the administrative control of Joint Secretary (Admn). For his/her assistance, posts of two Deputy Directors (OL), two Assistant Directors (OL), three Senior Translation Officers & one Junior Translation officer are created. Department of Fertilizers continued its efforts towards greater use of Hindi in official work during 2022-2023 keeping in view the Annual Programme issued by the Department of Official Language, Ministry of Home Affairs for implementation of the Official language policy of the Union.
All the 270 Computers (PCs) in the Department are equipped with unicode bilingual facility. Efforts are being made to promote use of Hindi in correspondence. All officers/employees of the Department are having working knowledge of Hindi. Besides, a number of effective measures have been taken for the promotion of progressive use of Hindi in the Department, its attached office of FICC and PSUs under its administrative control. Details of these measures are summarized below :-
Implementation of Section 3(3) of the Official Language Act.
In pursuance of the official language policy of the Govt. of India, all documents covered under section 3(3) of the Official Language Act, 1963 are being issued both in Hindi and English. In order to ensure correspondence in Hindi to Central Government offices located in Region ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’, action plan based on the checkpoints identified in the Department has been prepared to ensure compliance of the official language policy. Efforts to increase the original correspondence in Hindi with the state governments are also being made.
The Department prepares a time bound Programme to impart in-service training to all its officers/employees who do not possess working knowledge of Hindi/Hindi Stenography/Hindi Typing. 4 stenographers of the department are yet to be imparted Hindi stenography training. They will be nominated for the training in near future.
Reports relating to Official Language, Hindi
The quarterly/Annual Reports were prepared and sent to the Department of Official Language and above reports received from the PSUs/office under the administrative control of the Department were reviewed.
Annual Programme issued by Department of Official Language for the year 2022-23 was received and circulated to its sections and PSUs/offices under the administrative control of the Department.
Official Language Implementation Committee (OLIC)
An Official Language Implementation Committee (OLIC) has been constituted under the chairmanship of Joint Secretary (Adm.) in the Department. This committee regularly reviews the progress made in the use of Hindi in the Department and its attached office FICC and 07 PSUs on quarterly basis. It gives appropriate suggestions and recommends measures to be taken for the effective implementation of the official language policy.
With a view to render advice for effective implementation of the official language policy of the Government, the Hindi SalahkarSamiti (Hindi Advisory Committee) of the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, which is the joint committee of the Department of Petrochemicals, Department of Pharmaceuticals and the Department of Fertilizers, has been reconstituted Vide DoF Resolution No.11014/2/2019-Rajbhasha dated 11.10.2021. The meeting of this committee under the chairmanship of Hon’ble Minister (C&F) was held on 23 June, 2022 at India Habitat Centre in New Delhi.
Incentive Scheme for original noting/drafting work in Hindi
The incentive scheme for noting/drafting in Hindi introduced by the Department of Official Language is continued in this department. This scheme carries two first prizes of 5000/- each, three second prizes of 3000/- each and five third prizes of 2000/- each. Prizes were given to total 6 (six) participants for the year 2020-21. For the year of 2021-22, evaluation of the entries received is under process.
Hindi Day/Hindi Fortnight
In order to encourage the use of Hindi in official work amongst officers/employees of the Department, the messages from Hon’ble Home Minister and Hon’ble Cabinet Secretary were circulated among the officers/employees of the Department and all PSUs under the administrative control of the Department. During the Hindi fortnight, which was organized in the Department from 14th to 28th September, 2022, various competitions such as Hindi Essay writing, Hindi typing, short extempore speech in Hindi, noting and drafting in Hindi (separately for Hindi and non-Hindi speaking employees) General Knowledge and RajbhashaPrashnottary in Hindi were organized. Officers/employees took part very enthusiastically in these competitions and total 37 prizes were given. Prizes have been distributed by Hon’ble, Secretary (F).
During Hindi Pakhwada 2022, the prize money of Hindi competitions has been increased for the First, Second, Third & Consolation prizes from Rs.3000, Rs.2500, Rs.2000 and Rs.1500 of the previous year to Rs.5000, Rs.4000, Rs.3000 and Rs.2000 respectively.
During the year, 02 Hindi workshops were organized in the Department on 27 and 28 September, 2022 to overcome the hesitation of working in Hindi and encourage the officials to do their more and more work in Hindi. Total 39 officers/employees participated in these workshops.
Inspections regarding progressive use of Hindi
In order to oversee the official language implementation, OL inspection of 4 offices of different PSUs of the Department was done during past one year.