New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday referred to Hindi as a symbol of India's social and cultural unity, adding that the language has a significant role in connecting the government and the people.
"In the vast country like India, where many languages are spoken, Hindi has its own special position. It is the symbol of our social and cultural unity and is the main connecting language between the people," President Mukherjee said, while presenting awards instituted by the Rajbhasha Vibhag of Ministry of Home Affairs at the Vigyan Bhavan here.
"Hindi also has a significant role in connecting the Government and the people. In order to ensure that social welfare schemes and programmes are successful, it is necessary to see that they can reach the people in their own language," he added.
President Mukherjee said that he hoped that the awards would encourage people to use Hindi, noting that the language is gaining popularity on the internet.
"Hindi and other Indian languages should be used in a manner that the information and benefit of development schemes can easily reach the common man," he said.
"I am happy that Hindi is gaining popularity in various media such as internet, mobile and other tools of information technology. We must make all efforts to maximize the usage of Hindi ," he added.