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Ministry of Home Affairs completes mother tongue survey 

Current Affairs

  • The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has successfully completed a mother tongue survey with field videography of 576 languages and dialects across the country.
  • According to the annual report of the Home Ministry for 2021-22, it has been planned to set up a web archive at the National Informatics Centre (NIC) to preserve and analyse the original flavour of each indigenous mother tongue.
  • Organisations such as NIC and National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) are rendering their exemplary services in documenting and preserving the linguistic data of surveyed Mother Tongues in audio-video files, read the report.
  • In order to preserve and analyze the original flavour of each “indigenous Mother Tongue”, the report also states it has been planned to set up a webarchive at the NIC.
  • “For this purpose, proper editing in arranging the linguistic data by the in-house linguists is under process,” the report said.
  • The fieldwork of the Linguistic Survey of India Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh is going on.
  • In the census, which has been kept on hold because of the COVID pandemic, several new initiatives have been taken for facilitating the smooth conduct of the mega exercise, including the use of advanced geospatial technology.
  • Some of these initiatives include the purchase of versions and re-modules of software for completing the Census mapping activities in a quick and efficient manner.
  • The jurisdictional changes that occurred after Census 2011 till December 31, 2019, have been updated in the geo-referenced database.
  • More than 6 lakh maps (district, sub-district, village level) have been prepared and are being uploaded in the in-house portal for census functionaries.

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