Trivandrum: The Official Language Department of the Government of Kerala has rolled out Bharanamalayalam, an online lexicon and mobile application, in an effort to promote the official language for administrative purposes.
Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan launched the mobile app and the online dictionary at a function held in his chamber at the Secretariat in Thiruvananthapuram. The launch of the mobile application and the online dictionary comes at a time when the State Government has made the official language compulsory in all government establishments including the Secretariat from May 01, 2017.
Malayalam will be mandatory in government, semi-government, public sector, autonomous and cooperative establishments. All orders, circulars and letters issued from these establishments should be in Malayalam from May 01.
Bharanamalayalam is the first online dictionary on official languages in the State and is accessible on www.glossary.kerala.gov.in. As many as 20,000 words, usages and Malayalam variations have been included. In addition, there are sections on department-wise words and usages, administrative language models and typing tools. The app can be downloaded from Google Play.
According to the description on the site, ‘The administrative system of Kerala is in a transitional phase. As the system is being switched over to a paperless office, an online dictionary for official language is inevitable for its effective implementation and the realisation of which is ‘Bharanamalayalam’. This application has been prepared based on the language policy adopted by the State Government as a part of the official language implementation. It is expected that this application will help promote the transition in the official language.’
Minister for Cultural Affairs, Shri A K Balan; Official language high-power committee members – K Sugathakumari; Nalini Netto IAS, Chief Secretary; CM’s press advisor, Prabha Varma; V N Murali, George Onakkoor and K R Jyothilal, Secretary, Administrative Reforms Department, were present on the occasion.
Kerala IT News