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Bihar to have all govt buildings named in Urdu very soon

The order was issued by the building construction department


PATNA: The name of all the government buildings in Bihar will be also written in Urdu, apart from Hindi. An order to this effect has been issued by the state government.

The building construction department (BCD) has instructed all the executive engineers to conduct a survey of all the government, semi government and public buildings, such as Vishveshraiya Bhawan, Patel Bhawan, Pant Bhawan, Vidyut Bhawan, Parivahan Bhawan, Bihar Museum and BISCOMAUN and write their names in Urdu also.

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A directive issued by the Urdu directorate has ordered the building construction department to write their name in Urdu saying Urdu is the second official language of Bihar.

“Keeping this in view, writing buildings’ name in Urdu is also a must,” the directive says.

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar is already on record that he was committed to the promotion of Urdu saying no change is possible without proper nurture of this language. Urdu is the second official language in the state.

“Urdu is not just a language of love and romance but it’s also an expression of ‘inquilab’ (revolution),” the chief minister said, addressing the two-day Hashn-E-Urdu programme in Patna in March 2017.

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He said the government wants Urdu to be taught in very school across the state for which he is trying hard. He denied Urdu was confined to a particular religion; rather it is spoken by people across all religious communities.

“But, what is shocking we didn’t get qualified candidates against the vacant posts of Urdu teachers when we launched the recruitment drive,” he revealed. He added the language of the people would qualitatively improve if they all know this language.

The chief minister also announced to appoint 400 Urdu translators in every block, subdivision and district across the state adding the government had planned to increase use of Urdu in official works.

He said all the government notifications, order and gazette should be issued in Urdu as well.

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