Govt to Hold Urdu Crash Courses for Revenue Officials



Basharat Bukhari
Basharat Bukhari

Minister for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation Syed Basharat Bukhari Monday said that the importance of Urdu is paramount as all the official records are preserved through the medium of the language, and it should be duty of everybody to work for its promotion and propagation.

Speaking on a Private Members’ resolution moved by Naresh Gupta regarding filing up of posts of Tehsildars from Urdu knowing officers having command and sufficient knowledge of the language, the Minister said that for the revenue officials the Government is intending to organize crash courses, so that they will get acquainted with the usage of Urdu language in their official communication and maintenance of records, an official spokesperson said this evening.

The Minister also said that the revenue manual would also be provided to Tehsildars and Naib-Tehsildars for official reference purposes.

Supporting the resolution Zaffar Iqbal Manhas said that the resolution is in the interest of people.

Ashok Khajuria demanded that steps should be taken for promotion of the language and parents across the state should teach Urdu language to their children.

Surinder Choudhary while supporting the resolution said that Urdu language should be made compulsory, so that people living in far flung areas can easily check their land and revenue records.

Gulam Nabi Monga said that the revenue officials should have a sound knowledge of Urdu so that they don’t face any problem in understanding the system.

Sajad Kichloo demanded making Urdu mandatory in schools till 10th standard.

Saifu-Ud-Din Bhat said that the Government should conduct crash, refresher courses for the newly recruited officers.

Firdous Tak said that it is essential to pass the resolution as there are some revenue officers in State, who are unfamiliar with the Urdu language which is affecting work in the Department.

Sofi Yusuf suggested recruit only Urdu speaking persons in the Revenue Department.

Jugal Kishore said that only Urdu knowing people should be considered for new recruitment of Naib-Tehsildar posts.

Meanwhile, the Upper House today unanimously passed resolution for setting up of one IIT and one IIM in Kashmir, moved by Qaiser Jamsheed Lone.

The resolution was passed in the House by voting conducted by Chairman after Minister for Rural Development, Law and Justice Abdul Haq asked for its withdrawal.

Gulam Nabi Monga seconded the resolution and demanded equitable development of all the three regions of the state.

Yasir Reshi backing the resolution said that the creation of IIT would help in employment generation in the valley.

Saif-Ud-Din Bhat while speaking in favour of the resolution said that the Government should give focus to all the three regions of the State, so that no area or region of J&K feels neglected.

Surinder Choudhary opposed the resolution and said that instead of making the developmental projects city-centric, the Government should consider starting such projects in far flung areas of the State like Pir-Panjal.

Surinder Ambardar said that instead of taking up new projects the Government should focus on completing existing projects like AIIMS and Central University.

Naresh Kumar Gutpa said that instead of prioritizing urban areas, State Government should focus on the developmental work in rural areas.

Zaffar Iqbal Manhas said that members of the House should rise above  regional level and talk of State’s overall progress and development.


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