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Will explore legal options to ensure Hindi signboards at MP shops: Shivraj

State’s BJP government also plans to make private universities set up Hindi departments.

bhopal Updated: Sep 14, 2017 23:25 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Bhopal
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Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan delivers speeches in Hindi even during his trips abroad.(HT File)

Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Thursday said his government will explore legal options to ensure that Hindi signboards are mandatorily installed at all shops across Madhya Pradesh. Private universities in the state would also be required to set up Hindi departments, he added.

Addressing a gathering at the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Hindi University on the occasion of Hindi Day, Chouhan said a sustained campaign was required to impress the “strength and capability” of the language on the youth. “Hindi is a rich language. There’s no need to take a parochial view towards it. One should take pride in speaking, writing and reading Hindi,” he said, exhorting the people to respect the official language of the country and enhance its glory in society.

The chief minister said he has delivered speeches in the language even during foreign trips. “Using Hindi has won me the respect and appreciation of people everywhere. People have not forgotten how former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee added to the glory of the nation by delivering his speech in Hindi at the United Nations,” he added.

The chief minister then went on felicitate writers and litterateurs gathered at the event. Among the dignitaries present on the occasion were university vice-chancellor Ramdeo Bhardwaj, registrar SK Pare, member of Parliament Alok Sanjar and principal secretary (culture) Manoj Shrivastava.

First Published: Sep 14, 2017 23:25 IST