Citizen Charter

Citizen Charter

Goa
Government of Goa
Directorate of Official Language

Introduction

Directorate of Official Language is a result of one of the significant efforts initiated by the State Government for development of vernacular languages. Being aware about the importance of regional languages, the State Legislative Assembly passed the Goa, Daman & Diu Official Language Act, 1987 which states that “Konkani Language in Devnagari Script” shall be the Official Language of the State and whereas there is a provision for Marathi Language in the Act, which shall also be used for all or any of the official purposes.

Earlier, from 1987 onwards Government had established an Official Language Cell which was under the control of General Administration Department, Government of Goa.

In the year 1997, Directorate of Official Language was established vide Government Order No. 23/1/87/GA & C (1) dated 26/03/1997 with the existing staff of then Official Language Cell and full time Director was appointed vide Order No. 5/9/2002/PER dated 28/08/2003, and separate budget head was allotted from the year 2004-05. Hence, the Directorate of Official Language was established in the year 2004 with responsibilities to implement the Official Language Act 1987 and the Schemes for Development of Languages prevalent in the State.

It may be observed that this Department does not deal directly with the Citizens. The major part of the activities and the services rendered by this Department are for Government Departments/Agencies or for Government Employees. The Directorate of Official Language is expanding its ambit of functioning by way of introducing various Schemes, Training for the development of Official Language and other vernacular languages, preparation of Terminologies in Konkani, Research activities, etc.

VISION AND MISSION
  1. Implementation of Official Language Act 1987 and notifications issued under this Act.
  2. Implementation of the Language policy of State Government.
  3. Initiating measures for maximum use of Official Language in Administration as well as other fields of knowledge.
  4. Imparting training through various schemes by way of workshop, seminars, etc.
  5. Imparting Devnagari Computer Typing training to Government/Semi-Government employees to familiarise them to undertake replies in Konkani, Marathi & Hindi.
DETAILS OF SERVICES RENDERED
  1. Translation of various types of documents received from other Government Departments such as Developmental schemes, Invitation cards, LAQ’s, Election manuals, Press notes, Citizen’s Charters, Court Matters, Acts and Rules, etc. into Konkani/Marathi/Hindi/Portuguese and vice-versa.
  2. Imparting training of Konkani Language to all Government employees at Taluka level including All India Service Officers posted in Goa, so as to facilitate them to use Konkani Language for Administrative purposes.
  3. Devanagari Computer Typing training to the clerical staff is also a part of above training programme.
  4. Preparation of various Terminologies in different subjects such as Administrative, Legal, Legislative, Folk-Lore (Lokved), Economics-Finance, Medicines, Granthalaya Paribhshik Utaraval Kosh, Education, Press Media, Glossary/Dictionary of Literary terms, Glossary of Environmental Science, Medical Science and Awareness, Terminology of Trees, etc. in Konkani Language.
  5. Implementation of various schemes for the effective implementation of Official Language and other Languages.
  6. Organizing Workshops, Seminars on translation, copy editing, proof reading, vetting, etc. for the effective implementation of Official Language and other Languages.
  7. Release of recurring Grants to Goa Konkani Akademi and Goa Marathi Akademy for the development of Konkani and Marathi languages respectively.
  8. Grant-in-aid to Dalgado Konknni Akademi, Konkani Bhasha Mandal & All India Konkani Parishad for their activities in the field of promotion of concerned languages.
  9. Directorate of Official language functions as Nodal Authority for use of Official Language by different Government Departments in their day to day administrative correspondence whenever required.
  10. Nodal Agency with Government of India pertaining to State Official Language and facilitating languages in VIIIth Schedule of the Constitution of India.
  11. To make all Government Websites multilingual (Konkani, Marathi, English etc.).
  12. Translation of various assembly matters in Konkani and Marathi. Also assistance to the office of the Speaker for the Legislative business in Konkani.
  13. Translation of various Name Boards, Nomenclature, Signages, etc. in Konkani and Marathi.
  14. To constitute a Panel of Private Translators to enable Government Departments, Public Sector undertakings, Corporations, other organizations etc. to outsource the Translation from English to Konkani, English to Marathi, English to Hindi, English to Portuguese and vice versa.

1) Rajbhas Prashikshan Evzonn 2008 (Plane) :

Under this scheme training is imparted to all Government Officers/Officials including Officers of All India Services posted in Goa in order to facilitate them to carry out official work in Konkani, being the Official Language of the State of Goa, so also, to make the correspondence and communication with general public in Konkani. .

2) Scheme of Publication in Official Language (Plane)

This scheme is implemented to encourage writers in the State to develop their talent and to give boost to Konkani and Marathi languages on the subjects such as Science & Technology, Finance, History, Mass/Media Communication, Administration, Tourism, Sociology, etc.

3) Bhasha Puraskar Yojana (Plan):

This scheme is designed to explore the qualestic work of the language scholars. It aims to award an Honorarium, Certificate, Mementoes to persons who have dedicated their career in the interest of Language, i.e. for Konkani, Marathi and Sanskrit language. The Bhasha Puraskar is awarded as under:

  1. Dnyanpeeth awardee Ravindra Kelekar Konkani Bhasha Puraskar for Konkani language.
  2. B. D. Satoskar Marathi Bhasha Puraskar for Marathi language.
  3. Durgaram Upadhe Sanskrit Bhasha Puraskar for Sanskrit language.

Directorate extends grant-in-aid to Goa Konkani Akademi, for undertaking various activities for promotion and development of Konkani Language. The Konkani Akademi aims at bringing about speedy development of the Konkani Language, literature and culture and also at promoting cultural unity of the State through Konkani Language and Literature. It implements various Schemes which include financial assistance to budding writers, publication of dictionaries, research and publication on folklores, organization of theatre/drama festival and workshops on literature, etc. to achieve the above aim.

Website : www.goakonkaniakademi.org

4. Bhasha Vikas Yojana (Plan):

This schemes aims to popularize the language policies of the State Government. Financial support to the eligible group/institution is released to undertake various activities to be conducted for the development of Konkani, Marathi, Hindi and Sanskrit. Website : www.gomantakmarathiacademy.org

5. Rajbhasha Jagruti Yojana (Plan):

This scheme aims to organize various Programmes, Workshops, Talks etc. for the development of Official Language in the field of Administration and Education. The scheme is directly implemented by Directorate of Official Language.

6.Rajbhasha Akshar Mitra Yojana (Plan):

Under this scheme a supporting grant is released to the publishers who publish the periodicals, magazines, etc. in Konkani and Marathi Languages.

7. Promotion and Development of Official Language:

Under this Budget Head, training in Devnagari Computer Typing is imparted to Government/ Semi-Government employees so that correspondence is made in Konkani, Marathi and Hindi for giving replies as and when necessary.
Sr. No. Designation of the officer designated as Public Grievances Officer Postal address Telephone No.
01 Assistant Director (Konkani) Junta House, 1st Lift, 5th Floor, Panaji, Goa. Pin 403001 2420179/ 2420071
Officers designated under Right to Information Act, 2005
Sr. No. Designation of the officer designated as Public Grievances Officer Postal address Telephone No. Demarcation of area/ activities, if more than one PIO is there
01 Assistant Director (Konkani) 1st Lift, 5th Floor, Junta House, Panaji, Goa.Pin 403001 2420179/ 2420071 Panaji
Sr. No. Designation of the officer designated as Public Grievances Officer Postal address Telephone No. Demarcation of area/ activities, if more than one PIO is there
01 Junior Stenographer 1st Lift, 5th Floor, Junta House, Panaji, Goa.Pin 403001 2420179/ 2420071 Panaji
02 Upper Division Clerk 1st Lift, 5th Floor, Junta House, Panaji, Goa.Pin 403001 2420179/ 2420071 Panaji
03 Junior Translator (Konkani) 1st Lift, 5th Floor, Junta House, Panaji, Goa.Pin 403001 2420179/ 2420071 Panaji
04 Junior Translator (Marathi) 1st Lift, 5th Floor, Junta House, Panaji, Goa.Pin 403001 2420179/ 2420071 Panaji
Sr. No. Designation of the officer designated as Public Grievances Officer Postal address Telephone No. Demarcation of area/ activities, if more than one PIO is there E-mail address
01 Director of Official Language 1st Lift, 5th Floor, Junta House, Panaji, Goa.Pin 403001 2420179/ 2420071 Panaji dir-dol.goa@nic.in

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