Union home Minister Rajnath Singh may have advised government employees to sign their names in Hindi, but Delhi Police chief B S Bassi has gone one step further — he has directed his force to conduct all their official work in the national language.
The directive, issued on September 9, came into force on Tuesday and offers rewards for shifting to Hindi.
In his order, Bassi has asked all police officers to ensure that apart from celebrating Hindi Diwas on September 14, the force should complete all paperwork for the rest of the year in Hindi.
While Hindi is mandatory in the Uttar Pradesh police force, there is no such directive in Haryana.
The order was circulated on September 11 in all 11 police districts in Delhi as well as the detection units such as the Special Cell and Crime Branch. “We respect all the languages of India, but Hindi is our mother language as well as national language… It is our responsibility to do all government work in Hindi,” Bassi said in the order, drafted in Hindi.
“If we start doing all our official work in Hindi, then the common man will also understand our work better. As our primary focus is to maintain law and order and help the common man, I am requesting all my officers and sub-ordinates that, apart from celebrating Hindi Diwas on September 14, 2015, they should also start executing all government work for the rest of the year in Hindi,” the order stated.
The police chief has also asked all his officers to get their sub-ordinates to start working in Hindi – they can, however, can use some common words in English. “We will encourage any officer who promotes Hindi by giving them prize and rewards,” the order added.
On September 14, Union Minister Rajnath Singh had advised government employees to sign their names on official files in Hindi to encourage use of the national language.