Q. Consider the following statements with reference to the Committee of parliament on official languages:
1. The Official Languages Act (1963) provided for the setting up of a Committee of Parliament on Official Language.
2. The Constituent Assembly made a provision to constitute a Committee of Parliament on Official Language.
3. The Secretariat of the Committee is headed by the Secretary of the ministry of home affairs.
How many statements given above are correct?

[A] Only One

[B] Only Two

[C] All Three

[D] None

Answer: B
Notes:

Exp) Option b is the correct answer.

The Committee of parliament on official languages is required to submit its report along with its recommendations to the President after reviewing the position regarding the use of Hindi in Central Government Offices on the basis of its observations.

Statement 1 is correct: The Official Languages Act (1963) provided for the setting up of a Committee of Parliament on Official Language to review the progress made in the use of Hindi for the official purpose of the Union. Under the Act, this Committee was to be constituted after ten years of the promulgation of the Act (i.e., 26th January, 1965). Accordingly, this Committee was set up in 1976. This Committee comprises of 30 members of Parliament, 20 from Lok Sabha and 10 from Rajya Sabha.

Statement 2 is correct: The Constituent Assembly made a provision to constitute two Commissions on the Official Language and a Committee of Parliament on Official Language in this respect under Article 344. Article 344 provides for the Commission and Committee of Parliament on official language. It says that the President shall constitute a Commission representing the different languages specified in the English Schedule.

Statement 3 is incorrect: The Secretariat of the Committee is headed by the Secretary of the Committee itself. The Secretary is assisted by the officers of the level of Under Secretary and other officials. They extend all required assistance in performing the various activities of the Committee. For administrative purposes, this office is subordinate office of Department of Official Language, Ministry of Home Affairs.

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