SRINAGAR — A sub-committee of the parliamentary panel on official languages is expected to visit Jammu and Kashmir next week to inspect the use of Hindi in Central government offices in the union territory.
The panel comprising MPs from both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha is expected to arrive in J&K on July 14 and would inspect government offices in Srinagar and Jammu before returning to New Delhi.
The committee, mandated to review the progress made in the use of Hindi for official purposes, has been set up under the Official Language Act, 1963.
The two provisions of the Act were not applicable to Jammu and Kashmir before August 5, 2019, when the Central government abrogated Article 370 and reorganised J&K into two union territories. Both these provisions were made applicable to J&K from March 18, 2020, through the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (adaptation of central laws) Order, 2020.
The modifications in the law were made by invoking powers vested with the Central government under section 96 of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act.
Under the Official Languages Act, 1963, the committee was to be constituted after ten years of the promulgation of the Act. It was set up for the first time in 1976.
The committee is mandated to review the progress made in the use of Hindi for official purposes and submit a report to the President with recommendations.