New Delhi: In a move that will facilitate patients to use Hindi for better communication at hospitals, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has initiated the use of the language in all of its paper works. The initiative will greatly help non-English people to speak with the hospital officials thereby ensuring better healthcare facilities.
As per the directives from the Department of Official Language and Ministry of Home Affairs, all outdoor patient department(OPD) cards, forms, stamps and other officials departments will be converted to bilingual format.
Earlier in September this year, the official languages coordination committee at AIIMS had written to all concerned department regarding the move.
“It is mandatory that forms meant for official purposes should be 100 per cent bilingual under the Department of Official Language goals as decided in its annual programme 2015-16. It is thereby directed that all the departments and centres should upload the prescribed and used the format of forms on AIIMS official website so that the language department can also know that Hindi is being used properly,” stated a letter written by Raj Kumar, senior financial advisor, Official Language office at AIIMS.
The Official Language Act states that all paper works including orders, resolutions, notices, forms, rules should be written in Hindi as well as in English.
In a bid to uphold the Hindi language, the Act has also directed nameplates, notice boards, forms, rubber-stamps, invitation cards and other stationary commodities of Indian offices abroad to be made in both Hindi and English.
To check whether all departments are using commodities in bilingual formats or not, the AIIMS coordination committee has even directed all offices to send in samples at the earliest.
“The institute is already using bilingual forms, some OPD papers and rubber stamps for the promotion of Hindi and for the ease of patients who don’t know English. There may be some departments using English forms and stamps, but the reasons behind this would be technical as names of some departments are too difficult to understand in Hindi for patients such as cardiovascular, brain and nephrology departments,” said Dr D K Sharma, Medical Superintendent, AIIMS.
“We will abide by the ministry’s directions and would soon convert all the stationary into Hindi and English. This is a good move and we should promote our national language,” he added.
A faction of the AIIMS was not completely happy with the move, citing that all existing material would be discarded and bringing in new stationaries would incur costs. They, however, accepted that the move would definitely promote Hindi besides helping the patients.
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Digital India initiative has been launched by the government of India to increase digital connectivity and make governance more transparent. The initiative includes several projects which will focus on better governance, knowledge and universal phone connectivity across the country. Under the digital program, the government plans to introduce Public Internet Access Program, Broadband Highways, Universal Access to Mobile Connectivity and much more. These all platforms will boost the development process and will help the citizens to engage themselves in a hassle-free way.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Digital Media program to push the use of technology to connect and empower people in areas relating to health, education, labour and employment, commerce, etc. The governance is shifting from e-governance to m-governance where “M” stands for mobile governance. The initiative is to bring big investments in the technology sector and this will further help in creating a participative, transparent and responsive government.
Here are some key initiatives which form a part of Digital India week:
SWATCH BHAARAT app
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The dream of Mahatma Gandhi of a ‘Clean India’ is being realized with millions of people across the country joining the cleanliness initiatives of the government departments to make India clean as a part of this ‘Jan Andolan’.
PRADHAN MANTRI JAN-DHAN YOJANA (PMJDY)
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The scheme proposes of channelling all Government benefits (from Centre / State / Local Body) to the beneficiaries’ accounts and pushing the Direct Benefits Transfer (DBT) scheme of the Union Government.
3. GOODS AND SERVICE TAX NETWORK (GSTN)
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The platform is a trusted National Information Utility (NIU) that will help in achieving a reliable and efficient IT backbone for the smooth functioning of the Goods & Services Tax system. It enables economic agents to leverage the entire nation as one market with minimal indirect tax compliance cost.
Website: h ttp://www.gstn.org/index.php
4. FARMER PORTAL
The Farmer Portal provides all the relevant information and services to the farming community and private sector through information and communication technologies. It will help in supplementing the existing delivery channels provided for by the department.
Farmers’ Portal is an initiative to create a one-stop window for meeting all informational needs relating to Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries sectors production, sale/storage of an Indian farmer.
With this, Indian Farmer will not be required to scuffle through different websites for any information.
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7. DIGITAL AIIMS
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DigiLocker runs parallel with Digital India’s vision, where every citizen of the country will be provided with a private space on a public cloud and making all documents/certificates available in this space.
Through this platform, issuance and verification of documents will be done in a manner, thus eliminating the requirement of any physical documents.