|November 11, 2013 at 4:01 pm #4845|
In a virtual back door entry to Marathi as an official language, the Salcete block development officer (BDO) has set a 90-day deadline to village panchayats (VPs) in the taluka to display their name boards, official boards and signages in Konkani (Devanagari) and Marathi in addition to English.
Through the notification, the village secretaries have been directed to ensure the implementation of the directions for effective implementation of the Official Language Act.
The notification states that in the event of any department, corporation or office requiring translation of their nomenclature, the same shall be provided by the Directorate of the Official Language.
The development attains significance as the Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had categorically stated there would be no amendment made to the Official Language Act.
It may be recalled that the Chief Minister in his budget speech had stated that “all government departments shall display their name boards of offices in Konkani (Devanagari) and Marathi languages within three months for effective implementation of the Official Language Act.”
In a circular to the Directorate of Official Language, Chief Secretary B Vijayan has directed the heads of departments, offices, directorates, institutions, government agencies, autonomous bodies, companies and societies formed by the government on receiving grants to ensure that the nomenclature including name boards and office boards be displayed in Konkani and Marathi in addition to English.
The Chief Secretary has warned that the Directorate of Official Language will inspect the offices, and submit the report to the government and failure to comply with the instructions shall be viewed seriously against the heads of the respective departments.
Subsequently, the Directorate of Panchayats issued the notification to all block development officers to circulate the notification to all panchayats under their jurisdiction.
Source/Reference: Navhind Times, “Salcete VPs asked to display name boards in Devanagari Konkani, Marathi, English“