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Published in the 16-28 Feb 2005 print edition of MG; send me the print edition

Demand to clarify legal status of Urdu in Delhi

The Milli Gazette Online

New Delhi: Urdu Development Organisation held its meeting in Delhi on January 24 and reviewed the progress of Urdu in Delhi after Urdu’s declaration as the second official language of the state. The meeting demanded Delhi government to publish important gazettes, notifications and rules and regulations of government departments and release a list of these in the interest of Urdu knowing people.

Presiding over the meeting, Prof Abdul Haq, said that Urdu and Punjabi have been made the second official languages of Delhi but Urdu’s implementation has been very tardy. Citing the examples of UP and Bihar where too Urdu has been made second official language but due to some doubtful clauses, its implementation has been slow. The Organisation has filed appeals in Allahabad High Court in this regard. In UP and Bihar as well as in Delhi at many places the word ‘important’ has been inserted for the publication of ‘important’ rules and regulations, notifications and gazettes. This gives the discretion to the authorities to publish only those documents which they consider important for Urdu knowing people and leave out those which they do not consider important and thus many documents remain unpublished in Urdu. The meeting asked the Delhi government to explain the word ‘important’ or to replace it by ‘all’.

Speaking as the chief guest in this meeting, national general secretary (Legal) of the organisation, Dr Lal Bhadur said that for the implementation of Urdu like UP and Bihar the first legal instruction should be that applications written in Urdu be accepted and their answers furnished in Urdu itself, Urdu translators appointed in all small and big offices of Delhi government. He added that the Delhi government has not taken steps for appointment of Urdu translators till date. The government is taking credit of promotion of Urdu by putting name plates and boards written in Urdu on the roads. Dr Bahadur said that steps should be taken to improve the condition of Urdu-medium schools and Urdu be made a compulsory subject in all government aided and recognised schools.

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