Shimla: V.S. Kokje, Governor stressed upon the need to promote Hindi Language in day-to-day life and added that country could progress only when it is established as official language (Rajbhasha). He was speaking in the State level Hindi Divas function.
Governor said that electronic media is also playing a significant role in popularizing Hindi language by making it a medium for reaching the public.
Kokje honoured Secretariat, Directorate and District level Officers and officials with Rajbhasha Puraskar.
GAD (F) , Revenue (B), Industries (B) branches won 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes respectively for Secretariat level, Bhim Sen , Principal Secretary, Social Justice and Empowerment was awarded Secretariat level Best Officer,Mrs. Parvati Verma, TCP for Secretariat level Rajbhasha Officer, Mrs. Laxmi Pal, SAD, Sushil Kumar Sharma, Health branch, Pyare Lal, Urban Development branch were awarded 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes respectively for Secretariat level Best Official category.
Small Savings, Panchayat Raj and Land Record Directorates were awarded 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes respectively . Hrideya Ram Chauhan, Cooperative Directorate and Ghanshyam Singh Bali, Assistant Director, Small Savings were awarded Best Officer and Rajbhasha Officer at Directorate level. Pyare Singh Agriculture, Mrs. Kamla Chauhan, Local Audit and Mani Ram, Hospitality were awarded Best Officers at Directorate level.
District Panchayat Officer, Kullu, DPRO Mandi and DFSC were awarded 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes respectively at District level. Mrs. D.D. Thakur, District Welfare Officer, Chamba and Mrs. Anita Gautam, District Employment Officer, Una were awarded for Best District level Officers category. S.R. Gautam, District Welfare Office, Hamirpur, Baldev Singh, Statistics Office, Bilaspur, Mrs. Krishna, Statistics Office, Nahan were awarded 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes respectively for best official at district level category. Deputy Commissioner Kullu and Bhim Singh Chauhan, DLO, Mandi were also honoured.
Municipal Corporation, Shimla, Social Welfare Board and Khadi Gramodyug Board were awarded 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes respectively.