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14 September: National Hindi Divas

The National Hindi Divas (हिंदी दिवस), an annual literary-day is observed on 14 September in Hindi speaking regions of India and other countries with Hindi speaking population.

Observance of this day aims to propagate Hindi language and its cultural heritage and values. It also seeks to promote Hindi as matra bhasha (mother tongue) of India and show its importance as a language in country and world at large.

On this occasion President Ram Nath Kovind will present the Rajbhasha awards for Year 2016-17 at Rashtrapati Bhawan. These awards were instituted by Department of Official Language of Union Home Ministry to recognize excellent contribution of Ministries, Departments and Nationalized Banks in field of Hindi. The day is also celebrated in schools, colleges, offices, organizations and other enterprises with unique programs and competitions organized related to Hindi poems, story recitations and vocabulary quizzes.

National Hindi Divas

Hindi Divas is celebrated to mark adaptation of Hindi language as the official language of India by the Constituent Assembly of India on 14 September 1949. The decision of using Hindi as official language was ratified by Constitution of India which came into effect on 26 January 1950. Under the Article 343 of Indian Constitution, Hindi written in Devanagri script was adopted as the official language. But presently, there are 2 official languages: Hindi and English.

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Odisha Governor promulgates ordinance for official use of Odia

Odisha Governor Dr SC Jamir has promulgated Odisha Official Language (Amendment) Ordinance, 2016 to ensure use of Odia in all government systems.

The ordinance was promulgated as per provisions of the Article 213 of the Constitution.

It empowers the state government to formulate laws to implement Odisha Official Language Act, 1954.

It will amend the Language Act and use Odia in the official businesses of the Government including in writing files, letters and all other official documents.

Constitutional provision of Official Language

Article 345 of the Constitution deals with Official language or languages of a state which  empowers state legislature to adopt ‘any one or more of the languages in use in the State or Hindi as the language or languages to be used for all or any of the official purposes’ of the concerned State.

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