Localization of Languages for eGovernance and RTIA


85 % to 90 % of people in INDIA speak in their own LOCAL STATE LANGAUGES.

This needs to happen also along with all other things we are all doing for effective implementation of NRTI Act 2005 and all other ACTS of Govt. of INDIA.

Only 5 % in INDIA speak English. Only 30 to 40 % in INDIA knows Hindi.
85 % to 90 % of people in INDIA speak there own STATE LANGAUGES.

We need to CATER to these people for any ACT to be effective in INDIA. This should happen in INDIA. GOI needs to think about this for it’s future.

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Subj: eGovINDIA and INDIA RTI request for immediate translation of NRTI Act into regional languages for effective implementation of the act.

Date:     12/3/2005 8:07:55 P.M. Pacific Standard Time
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Dr. Manmohan Singh
Hon’ble Prime Minister
Government of India
Room 152, South Block
New Delhi – 110001

Smt Sonia Gandhi,

Chairperson, National Advisory Council,

2 Motilal Nehru Place,

New Delhi – 110001

Shri Suresh Pachouri,

Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances,

Pensions & Parliamentary Affairs, Ministry of Personnel,

PublicGrievances and Pensions,

Room # 102 North Block, New Delhi – 110001

Shri H R Bharadwaj,

Minister of Law and Justice, Ministry of Law and
Justice, Room # 402, A-Wing,

Shastri Bhawan, Dr Rajendra Prasad Road,

New Delhi – 110001

Dr. Wajahat Habibullah
Central Chief Information Commissioner
Located at Block No 4 (5th floor), Old JNU Campus,
New Delhi (110067)


Dear Sir/ Madam,

Ref: Request for immediate translation of NRTI Act 2005 into regional languages for effective implementation of the act and to make citizen friendly all around INDIA. This has not happened sofar in INDIA. Government of INDIA needs to act now.

I am V. M. Kumaraswamy MBA, is in business since 1971. Founder and Moderator of India’s largest e-governance yahoo-group under the title eGovINDIA. You can reach this group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/eGovINDIA

INDIA RTI is a Right to Information in INDIA discussion group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/INDIARTI

eGovINDIA is a group dedicated to promoting true e-governance in India, consisting of members from all walks of life from within INDIA and the World over. Many State Ministers and senior bureaucrats of India are members of this group. We do have lawyers, social activists, freelance writers and journalists in the group. The group is meant for serious activists only. Casual members are not allowed to join the group. The group is also moderated by an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) Officer. As on date, the group has nearly 2400 members.

The focus of this group is true e-governance and use of open source technology in e-governance. The members of this forum have a passion to see a truly e-governed India, resulting in transparency and easy access to government services by the common man, notably the depressed class people (so called untouchables), women and people living in far flung and difficult areas of India.

eGovINDIA and INDIA RTI wants to bring the following to your kind attention and please direct the concerned departments to act on this.

STATES of INDIA are separated on the basis of LANGUAGE, we need to recognize this and get this done immediately. There are 18 to 20 official languages.

If RTI Act 2005 to be properly and effectively implemented in INDIA we all need to work on LOCALIZATION of LANGUAGES. This has not happened in INDIA. eGovernance department is far behind on this even though Govt. of INDIA has spent so much money on this issue.

Only 5 % in INDIA speak English. Only 30 to 40 % in INDIA knows Hindi.

85 % to 90 % of people in INDIA speak there own STATE LANGAUGES. We need to CATER to these people for any ACT to be effective in INDIA. This should happen in INDIA. GOI needs to think about this for it’s future.

Real RTI Activists who are in the field knows about these problems. Even far eGovernance to take effective in INDIA we need this to happen. Some departments in GOI are realizing it now.

eGovINDIA and INDIA RTI wants to bring the following information on what people are saying about Languages in INDIA.


Right to Info Act hits language barrier – SCIC of Maharashtra says.



Minister Dayanidhi Maran Says Only FIVE percent speak ENGLISH in INDIA. SO 95% of population needs to know RTI rules and regulations in different Languages of INDIA.
‘Connectivity, computers, content rule broadband’


Posted online: Thursday, November 10, 2005 at 1837 hours IST
“If we are to boost the broadband penetration in the country we need content in English as well as in all other regional languages. After all only five per cent people speak English,” Dayanidhi Maran said.


According to Information Technology Secretary Brijesh Kumar, “In order to push PC penetration beyond the urbane limits, there is a strong need to make the applications and content available to users in their native language. From December, users will have an option to use the computer not just in English but also in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu, especially since the software will come free of cost.”


According to Kumar, the key drivers that will drive exponential growth for this market will be the newer areas of application for local language IT, broad based e-governance initiatives that will employ local language as a front end to disseminate government services to citizens. “Bundling of multi-lingual software with PCs and other access devices will prove to be a catalyst in promoting PC usage in the country as it did in countries like China,” he added.

Zenith Computers CEO Raj Saraf, “Given that only three per cent of the Indian population can speak in English while close to 40 per cent of the Indian population speaks Hindi or one of its variants, language tools are the only way sales can break the present saturation point.”


Therefore, eGovINDIA and INDIA RTI requests on immediate translation of RTI legislation into regional languages. IT HAS STILL NOT BEEN DONE BY GOVERNMENT OF INDIA.

eGovINDIA and INDIA RTI will work with all of your offices and help in implementing NRTI Act 2005.

Expecting an early action on this issue and reply from all of you.



V. M. Kumaraswamy, MBA.

Founder and Moderator



eGovINDIA’s other subsidiary groups:

India WhistleBlower Act: The Action Group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/INDIA_WBA

Exclusive Discussion Group on Judicial and Legal Reforms in INDIA.


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