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Report on Linguistic Minorities presented to Salman Khurshid

27-July, 2012 15:09 IST

Commissioner for Linguistic Minorities Presents the 48th Report on Linguistic Minorities to Shri Salman Khurshid

Salman Khurshid, Minister for Minority Affairs
Salman Khurshid,
Minister for Minority Affairs
Dr. Nandlal Jotwani, Commissioner for Linguistic Minorities presented the 48th Report of the Commissioner for Linguistic Minorities to Shri Salman Khurshid, Minister for Minority Affairs, here today at Paryavaran Bhawan in the presence of Shri Vincent H. Pala, Minister of State for Minority Affairs, Dr. Surajit Mitra, Secretary, Ministry of Minority Affairs, and other senior officers of the Ministry. The Report will now be presented to the President of India, who then causes the Report to be laid in both the Houses of the Parliament. 

The 48th Report covers the period from July 2010 to June 2011 and critically reviews the status of implementation of the Scheme of Safeguards for the linguistic minorities in all the States and Union Territories of the country vis-à-vis Action Taken Report on the 47th Report received from the State Governments/UT Administrations/Union Ministries. The Report contains recommendations to ensure efficient and effective implementation of the Safeguards provided to the linguistic minorities spread all over the country so as to ensure level playing field, equal opportunities, inclusive growth and development of the country. 

The Commissioner Linguistic Minorities is the Constitutional Authority appointed under Article 350-B of the Constitution of India, which empowers it to investigate all matters pertaining to the Constitutional and the nationally agreed safeguards provided to the linguistic minorities. 

The Scheme of the Safeguards for the linguistic minorities includes the provision for instruction through mother tongue at the primary stage of education; teaching of minority languages at the secondary stage of education; registration of language preference of the linguistic minority pupils to facilitate inter-school adjustments; provision for text-books and teachers in minority languages; translation and publication of rules, regulations and notices, etc. in minority languages where their speakers constitute 15% or more of the district/ tehsil population; declaration of minority languages as additional Official language in districts, where their speakers constitute 60% or more of the district population; receipt of, and reply to representations for redress of grievances in minority languages; use of minority languages in recruitment tests to the State Services; setting up of proper machinery for effective implementation of the safeguards for the linguistic minorities at the State and District levels; issue of publicity material in minority languages detailing the Safeguards available to the linguistic minorities, etc.

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