Use more Hindi at work,district court tells its employees

District court employees in the Capital are to sharpen their knowledge of Hindi. Use more and more Hindi in your work and gain extra performance points...

Written by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi | Published: March 26, 2009 11:28 pm

District court employees in the Capital are to sharpen their knowledge of Hindi. Use more and more Hindi in your work and gain extra performance points — this is the message for all court staff members by the chief judge of the district and sessions court,sent as part of a programme aimed at promoting and encouraging the use of Hindu in courts.

Issuing a circular in this regard,District and Sessions Judge Mamta Sehgal made it clear to subordinate judges that they must gauge court employees’ proficiency in Hindi and the use of the language in their work. Their aptitude will be added to the tally of their annual confidential reports (ACR).

The note,released in Hindi,has “directed” the judges to “essentially” fill up the columns relating to their respective staff members’ flair and use of Hindi in official tasks.

Moreover,all judges are expected to inform their staff that whosoever employed Hindi as his or her prime language for writing orders and processes,they will fetch extra points.

“You (the judges) inform all the staff working under your office that the increased use of Hindi will be added to their annual performance sheet as points for special ability,” the circular stated.

Aimed at endorsing Hindi as another official language besides English in accordance with the Rajbhasha Adhiniyam (Department of Official Language),the chief judge has been issuing several notes in recent times.

Another note has asked all judges and administrative officers to issue notices and circulars not only in English but “necessarily” also in Hindi.

“All district judges must ensure that there is no relaxation in the execution of the said order,” it stated,adding that if judicial officers faced some problems in implementing the directive,they could contact the Hindi Implementation Centre,specially created for helping with the use of the language in courts.

Notably,the district and sessions judge had recently received a communication from the Rajbhasha department,disclosing complaints that responses to various applicants were being set out invariably in English even though the answers were sought in Hindi.

In the wake of these complaints and communications from the department,workshops were also organised in all court complexes last week to hone the linguistic skills of the court staff.

The issue,however,is not that simple for some of the court staff,as very few judges and lawyers prefer using Hindi in their work and not many stenographers are conversant in the language. “The concept is wonderful but its implementation would require a comprehensive effort by not only the staff but also the judges,lawyers and administrative officers,who could provide the necessary infrastructure like software for Hindi for all the computers,” a senior court staff member said.

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