Jammu: The government on Tuesday highlighted its commitment to safeguard and encourage the use of Urdu language extensively being used in revenue, police, administration and the subordinate judiciary besides being the official language of the state.
In a written reply to PDP legislator Aijaz Ahamd Mir’s query, the government informed that it is committed to encourage the use of Urdu and Kashmiri languages.
The government revealed that it has issued instructions to all the departments to indicate the names of public and historical places in Urdu with other languages.
The various steps taken by government under a policy to promote Urdu and Kashmiri language include publication of bi-monthly Urdu newsletter Saqafat through the academy of art, culture and languages, monthly magazine Sheeraza in Urdu and Bi-monthly in Kashmiri language. With the prime objective for promoting languages, conferences, seminars, workshops and theatre plays are organised.
The government informed that the state public service commission conducts various examinations for revenue, executive and excise and taxation services for the candidates with their papers in Urdu and English language.
The government said that the state follows three languages which are being taught up to secondary level. The English language is taught in all three regions of the state while Hindi, Urdu, Kashmiri, Dogri or Bhoti Languages are also taught.