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Government initiate’s scheme to protect Endangered Languages of India

Union Government has initiated a Scheme known as “Protection and Preservation of Endangered Languages of India”.

It was announced by the Union Human Resource Development Minister, Smt. Smriti Irani in a written reply to the Lok Sabha question.

Key facts of the scheme

  • As part of this Scheme, all the mother tongues/languages of India spoken by less than 10,000 people will be considered as They will be protected, preserved and documented by the Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL), Mysore.
  • Technology will play key role in the preservation of endangered languages and it will be an integral part of it.
  • Dictionaries and basic grammars in all the endangered languages/mother tongues are prepared in digital format. In addition, talking dictionaries in the endangered languages/mother tongues will be prepared with the help of technology.
  • The cultural and ethno-linguistic aspects of the languages/mother tongues and indigenous knowledge system of the communities will be video-graphed and stored electronically for archival and retrieval purposes.
  • A digital map with linguistic/cultural words with actual pronunciation for accounting variation in speech is also part of the scheme.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has also prepares guidelines in order to provide assistance for establishment of Centre of Endangered Languages in Central Universities.

In this regard, UGC has accorded approval to 9 Central Universities to establish these centres and allocated Rs.50.00 crore.

Government gives nod to ‘Tea Development and Promotion Scheme’

Government has given nod for the implementation of ‘Tea Development and Promotion Scheme’ and approved fund of Rs 1,425 crore for outlay of 12th Plan period (2012-17).

It was approved by The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi after it was proposed by the Union ministry of commerce & industry.

This scheme aims at

  • Supporting development of improved varieties and technologies for increasing production, productivity and quality of tea.
  • Promote Indian tea in the overseas and domestic markets.

As per the scheme, the proposed fund will be spent on plantation development, quality up-gradation and product diversification, market promotion and research and development.