Jammu: Minister for finance and culture Haseeb Drabu on Thursday informed the Legislative council that the recommendations of a panel constituted to look into promotion of Urdu, including establishment of J&K Council for Promotion of Urdu would be implemented shortly.
Replying to a question by PDP MLC Zaffar Iqbal Manhas in the House, Drabu said that the panel besides other recommendations also advocated for setting up of J&K Council for promotion of Urdu. He said those recommendations would be implemented soon.
The Minister said that constitution of Urdu Academy in the State would be a parallel institution to replicate what an established organization J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages is doing, since its inception in 1958. He said the establishment of “Jammu and Kashmir State Council for Promotion of Urdu” is recommended to achieve the desired result in the promotion of the state’s official language.
The Minister said the panel also observed that Academy of Art, Culture and Languages is actively working for the promotion of various languages enshrined in the 6th schedule of the Constitution of J&K including Urdu.
Drabu said that best book Award has been introduced to promote quality literature, while academy is also providing financial assistance to authors in indigent circumstances. “The Academy holds state Writers camps and conducts three year course in Calligraphy,” he added.