Rajbhasha Prabhag
1.  Genesis
Rajbhasha Prabhag was constituted in NABARD for ensuring implementation of Official Language policies of Government of India (GOI) and provisions of Official Languages Act, 1963 (as amended in 1967) and Official Languages Rules, 1976.
2.  Core Functions of the Department
A.  Implementation of Official Language Policies of Government Of India
Rajbhasha Prabhag ensures implementation of Official Language (OL) policies of GOI and issues instructions to offices/departments for achieving the targets prescribed by Government of India under an annual time-bound programme.
B.  Capacity Building
  • Make arrangements for training under Govt. of India Hindi Teaching Scheme for staff members who do not have working knowledge of Hindi
  • Impart Hindi typing and Hindi stenography training
  • Conduct Hindi workshops regularly to make the staff members capable of doing their official work in Hindi 
  • Conduct Rajbhasha orientation programmes for senior officers 
  • Impart training to staff for doing their work in Hindi in Unicode on computers
  • Organise workshops for Officers so they can prepare Potential Linked Plan (PLP) and inspection report in Hindi
C.  Promotional Functions
  • Implement a Cash Award Scheme to encourage staff members for doing their official work originally in Hindi. Special Cash Award is given to Nodal Officers of Regional Offices for their excellent contribution in implementation of Rajbhasha policy as well as to the officers writing PLP/Inspection Report in Hindi/ preparing training material in Hindi for the first time
  • Implement Hindi Book Writing Scheme and provide grant assistance for writing books originally in Hindi on subjects relating to Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Give Rajbhasha shields to Regional Offices/Training Establishments/Head Office (HO) Departments in recognition of their excellent work done in Hindi
  • Organise Hindi competitions and Hindi Samaroh on the occasion of Hindi Day
  • Organise Srijana competitions in different categories
D.  Monitoring
  • Conduct off-site surveillance and review of compliance and efforts made for progressive use of Hindi through quarterly/half-yearly/yearly progress reports/returns received from various Regional Offices/Training Establishments (TEs)/HO Departments
  • Conduct on-site inspection of ROs/TEs/HO Departments to review the implementation of OL policies of Government of India and status of progressive use of Hindi. Compliance is sought for the shortcomings found in implementation of OL policies
  • Conduct a quarterly meeting of Official Languages Implementation Committee under the chairmanship of The Deputy Managing Director to review the status of use of Hindi. Any hassles coming in the way of implementation are brought to the notice of the Committee and decisions taken in the meeting are communicated to all ROs/TEs/HO Departments
  • Conduct regular meetings of Rajbhasha Nodal Officers, nominated by each department, and make efforts to ensure hassle-free implementation of OL policies based on feedback received from them
  • Organise Annual Business Plan Meet of Rajbhasha officers and review progress in use of Hindi in the ROs/ HO Departments as also plan for the next year is prepared
  • Notify ROs under Rule 10(4) of Official Languages Rules, 1976
E.  Translation
  • Translate the following documents from English to Hindi and vice-versa 
  • Codes, manuals and various other documents coming under Section 3(3) of Official Language Act, 1963 
  • All procedural literature
  • Stationery
  • Publications
  • Advertisements
  • Hoardings
  • Brochures
  • Slogans
  • Policy circulars and instructions issued by different departments
  • Resolutions
  • Day-to-day correspondence
  • Various schemes of NABARD
  • Website material
  • Annual Report
  • NABARD Profile
  • Press communiques
F.  Publication
  • Publish 'Rashtriya Bank Srijana,' the Hindi house journal on a quarterly basis to provide information in Hindi about various schemes and programmes of the Bank as well as provide a platform to staff members for developing their creative writing skills in Hindi
  • Publish Rural Development Banking Glossary
G.  Submission of Statutory Returns
  • Submit Quarterly Progress Report to Government of India, Ministry of Home Affairs, Department of Rajbhasha and local Rajbhasha Implementation Office of Govt. of India
  • Submit half-yearly progress report to Town Official Languages Implementation Committee
H.  Achievements: 
  • Govt. of India, Ministry of Home Affairs, Department of Rajbhasha has recognized Rural Development Banking Glossary, published by NABARD, as a standard glossary and given link of the glossary on their website
  • Rashtriya Bank 'Srijana' was awarded silver medal by Association of Business Communicators of India and Best House Journal award by Ashirwad Foundation. 
3.  Additional Information
Uttarakhand, Haryana, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, New Delhi and Rajasthan Regional Offices situated in Region 'A' prepared 100% PLPs in Hindi during 2017-18.  All the information sought by Parliament/ Ministries is provided in Hindi as well as in English. 102 awards were given under Cash Award Scheme for 2017-18. 
Contact Information
Shri  Hemant B. Sonagadkar
Chief General Manager
Contact Nos.
Office :    (91) 022-26539801
Mobile :    9320778377
Fax :    (91) 022-26530008
E-mail :
Information under RTI – Section 4(1)(b)