Fate of Urdu Academy hangs in balance



Jammu, Dec 14: The dream of having an Urdu Academy has met a catastrophic end at the hands of reckless government officials in the civil secretariat as the proposal file moved by the Higher Education Department has gone missing in the General   Administration Department (GAD).
 The height of carelessness can be gauged from the fact that the file maintained and processed by Planning Department for the establishment of the much needed Urdu Academy, was misplaced by GAD about four months ago.
 Sources in the civil secretariat informed Greater Kashmir that the Higher Education department had forwarded a proposal for the creation of over 100 posts , which was declined by the Planning department and it  was retuned to the former with a rider  to revisit the proposal” sources said.
 In the meantime the chief secretary asked the Planning Department to submit the file and subsequently sent it to Government Administration Department (GAD) with some queries.
 In the meantime, the Higher Education department sent a fresh proposal to Planning department for creation of posts cutting these to 29.
 They said the officials of Planning Department were making rounds of General Administrative Department, since last around four months but were unable to find the file. “The new proposal sent by Higher Education , proposing creation of 29 posts for Urdu Academy, is acceptable to Planning department, as they had also recommended for 27 posts, but as the  file remained untraced  the fate of Urdu Academy is hanging in balance” sources said.
 Pertinently, to look into the long pending demand for taking measures for promotion of Urdu, the state government had constituted a Committee in the year 2011 under the chairmanship of Member of Legislative Council Mohammad Yousuf Taing.
 After holding threadbare deliberations with all stakeholders, the committee had submitted thirty six recommendations to Higher Education Department in the month of February, 2011.
 The first and foremost recommendation of Committee was to establish an Urdu Academy in the state for promotion of the Urdu language.
 In 1889, during the regime of Maharaja Partap Singh, Urdu was declared as official language of state and the same was adopted by the first constituent assembly of state in the year 1957.

Lastupdate on : Fri, 14 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 14 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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