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CONSIDER AMENDING OFFICIAL LANGUAGES ACT: SUPREME COURT TELLS CENTRE

CONSIDER AMENDING OFFICIAL LANGUAGES ACT: SUPREME COURT TELLS CENTRE

Context

Supreme Courts directs centre to amend Official Languages Act of 1963

Details

  • As per the Supreme Court, the centre should include scheduled languages other than Hindi and English as official language of the Government of India.
  • Scheduled languages are languages which are listed in the 8th schedule of the Constitution.
    • They are given official recognition and encouragement by the Central government.
    • Also all official communication and publication of rules and notifications by the Central government are in Hindi and English.
  • The Supreme Court gave the judgment on the basis of the plea which was filed by the Centre against a judgment passed by the Delhi high court on June 30.
  • High court judgement directed the Centre to translate the draft Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Notification of 2020 into twenty-two scheduled languages.
  • Later, the centre approached the Supreme Court stating  T that as per Article 343 of the Constitution, the official language of the Union is Hindi along with English.

Official Language Act of 1963

  • It is an act to provide for the languages which may be used for the official purposes of the Union, for transaction of business in Parliament, for Central and State Acts and for certain purposes in HighCourts.

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