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Indira Gandhi Rajbhasha Award for Rubber Board
Kottayam, 18 November 2014

Department of Official Language under Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India has selected Rubber Board for Indira Gandhi Rajbhasha Award (First Prize) for excellence in the implementation of official language policy for the year 2013-14. Dr. A. Jayathilak, Chairman, Rubber Board received the award from the Hon’ble President of India Mr. Pranab Mukherjee in a function held at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi on 15 November 2014.

Mr. Rajnath Singh (Union Minister for Home Affairs), Mr. Kiren Rijiju (Minister of State, Home Affairs), Mrs. Neetha Chowdhary (Secretary, Department of Official Language) and Mrs. Poonam Juneja (Jt. Secretary, Official Language) were among the dignitaries present in the function.

Mr. G. Sunil Kumar (Asst. Director, Official Language) and Mr. Sajal Sutradar (Asst. Director, Excise) of the Rubber Board also attended the function.

The President said that Hindi is the symbol of the cultural and social unity of India. He also said that India had to regain its past glory in the field of education. Nalanda and Thakshashila were the renowned education of the ancient era. Mr. Rajnath Singh said in his speech that Hindi is not only a language, but a culture. English was the language of the twentieth century, but Hindi and other Asian Languages would rule the twenty-first century, he added.

The award is instituted for excellence in implementing Hindi as official language among Boards, Trusts and Societies under Central Government in States where Hindi is not used as the mother tongue.

The Rubber Board had received Second Prize during the year 2012-13. Board had also received First and Second Prizes for official language implementation in the offices working under the Department of Commerce in non-Hindi states during the last five years. Board gives due attention in implementation of official language policy of the union in Board’s offices. The Board has a trilingual website, and also has various customer oriented facilities available in Hindi.

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