Hindi Day was celebrated at V.O.Chidambaranar Port here on Wednesday. It is celebrated to stress the importance of the usage of the language in Central government offices and other public sector enterprises.
According to a statement, the VOC Port adheres to the directives of the Department of Official Language, Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Shipping in implementation of the official language.
In order to propagate the language, the official language section of the port organised various training programmes.
Competitions were conducted for port officials, officials of other government establishments and school children.
Deputy Inspector General S.B. Venkatesh, Commanding Officer, Indian Coast Guard Station, Thoothukudi,, who was the chief guest, emphasised the need for learning Hindi, saying it was the spine of all official correspondence of Central government offices.
He distributed prizes to winners of various competitions such as noting and drafting and elocution conducted for officers and employees of the port and Food Corporation of India.
S. Natarajan, Deputy Chairman of Port, appreciated the initiatives taken by the Hindi section to improve the usage of official language among port officials.
He said everyone must learn Hindi as it was not only the official language but also a link language of the country.
S.S. Meena, Hindi translator of the port, presented the annual report for 2017-18. Earlier, S. Shanthi, secretary. welcomed the gathering. S. Muthusamy, Assistant Secretary, proposed a vote of thanks.