The Indian government has given $1 million (about Rs. 8.2 crores) to the UN Department of Global Communications to promote the use of Hindi.

To improve the United Nations’ public outreach efforts in Hindi, the Hindi@UN project was started in 2018 in cooperation with the UN Department of Public Information.

Ambassador Ruchira Kamboj, India’s permanent representative to the UN, announced on Monday that her nation had donated USD 1,000,000 to a campaign to encourage the use of Hindi in the international organization.

The action was also made to promote inclusive communication and linguistic proficiency.

Melissa Fleming, Under Secretary General of the United Nations Department of Global Communications, received the $1 million check from Kamboj.

“Supporting linguistic diversity! PR @ruchirakamboj presented USG @MelissaFleming with a $1,000,000 check to increase the use of #Hindi at the @UN. We are removing obstacles and expanding public outreach through the Hindi@UN program, the Permanent Mission of India to the UN stated in a tweet.

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“The Indian government is pleased to provide a sizeable voluntary sum to the UN with an emphasis on increasing Hindi usage. A step toward encouraging inclusive conversation and comprehension,” Kamboj tweeted.

“Efforts of the United Nations to mainstream as well as consolidate news and multimedia material in the Hindi language are being appreciated in India and in countries wherein a Hindi-speaking population resides,” she stated in a statement.

She continued by saying that the Indian government would keep promoting the use of Hindi at the UN.

She stated, “Government of India is going to keep encouraging the use of the Hindi language in the UN and for this reason, we are pleased to partner with the UN.”

The money was donated to the UN “towards the expansion of the use of the Hindi language in the United Nations,” according to a news release published by the Permanent Mission of India.

To increase the United Nations’ public outreach in the Hindi language and raise awareness of global issues among the millions of Hindi-speaking people around the world, the Hindi@UN project was launched in 2018 in collaboration with the UN Department of Public Information.