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Official Language Policy Of The Union

Hindi in Devanagari script is the official language of the Union .The form of numeralsto be used for official purposes of the Union is the international form of Indian numerals {Article 343 (1) of the Constitution (External Website that opens in a new window)}.In addition to Hindi language English languagemay also be used for official purposes.(Section 3 of the Official Languages Act (External Website that opens in a new window))

Business in Parliament may be transacted in English or in Hindi.However, the Hon’ble Chairman of the Rajya Sabha or the Hon’ble Speaker of the Lok Sabha may permit any Member to address the House in his / her mother tongue under special circumstances (Article 120 of the Constitution (External Website that opens in a new window)).

The purposes for which Hindi alone is to be used, the purposes for which both Hindi andEnglish are to be used and the purposes for which English language is to be used, have been specified in the Official Languages Act (External Website that opens in a new window), 1963, the Official Language Rules (External Website that opens in a new window), 1976 and the directions issued under them from time to time by the Department of Official Language, Ministry of Home Affairs.

It has been the policy of the Government of India that progressive use of Hindi inthe officialwork may be ensured through persuasion, incentive and goodwill.

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