Friday, August 13, 2010

Efforts continue to make Hindi an official language at UN

The Government of India is taking active measures to make Hindi one of the official languages of the United Nations.

Minister for External Affairs SM Krishna in a reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha, on Thursday said that inclusion of Hindi as an official language in the UN has several financial and procedural implications which require to be met before a formal proposal can be tabled in the UN.

Procedurally, the UN General Assembly (the legislative body of the UN) would need to adopt a resolution by a majority of the 192 member states. After this stage, India, as the proposing country, would need to provide sufficient financial resources to the UN to cover the additional expenditure related to interpretation, translation, printing and duplication of documents and related infrastructural costs. This, according to conservative estimates, could cost in excess of US $ 14 million per year, he informed.

Full report here Economic Times

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