U.P. Senior Cabinet Minister Mr. Naseemunddin Siddiqui said that the present Government was doing all possible efforts to promote Urdu language and linking it with employment. He said that with a view to encourage Urdu writers and litterateurs, the Government was giving awards on the publication of their writings. Besides, the Urdu poets and students were also being provided financial assistance by Urdu Academy and Fukhruddin Ali Ahmad Committee. He said that the U.P. Chief Minister Ms. Mayawati was fully committed for the development of Urdu. Keeping this in view, the Government had increased the budget of Urdu Academy for the first time. Besides, the students were also being encouraged for research in Urdu, he added. Mr. Siddiqui was releasing the ‘Shakeel Badauni Special Number’ of Urdu monthly ‘Naya Daur’ published by Information and Public Relations Department, U.P. here today at Suchna
Bhawan. He said that nearly each and every aspect of Shakeel Badauni’s personality and works had become a part of this special number.
The gazals and film songs of Shakeel Badauni were popular even today and his classical poetry had found a special place in this number, he added. The Cabinet Minister said that many famous poets, who belonged to U.P. had given the message of love and brotherhood through their genres. He said that the Urdu lovers and research students would definitely become inspired by this special number published on Shakeel Badauni, who also belonged to U.P. He appreciated the efforts of Information Department, especially the officers related to Naya Daur for publication of special numbers on several litterateurs and poets.
The Media Advisor to C.M. and Chairman, Science and Technology Council Mr. Mohd. Zameel Akhtar, while presiding over the programme, said that in future efforts should be made for publishing at least one special number on famous poets/ litterateurs in a year, so that Urdu literature and language could
be developed and the younger generation could get inspired from the life and works of these poets/litterateurs.
He said that the present Government was making all efforts to give Urdu its due place for which it had taken historic decisions which were never given a thought by the pervious governments. He congratulated the Information Department for the publication of this special number successfully. Addressing the programme, Additional Cabinet Secretary Mr. Vijay Shankar Pandey said this special number based on personality and works of Shakeel Badauni would become a milestone for Urdu lovers. He said that Urdu monthly Naya Daur had a special identity among the magazines published by the Government Departments. He said that Shakeel Badauni created a new literary genre in film lyrics. He said that the special number on Shakeel Badauni was a part of the series published by Information Department form time to time on several famous great persons, who served literature and society. On this occasion, the famous poet Dr. Malik Zada Manzur Ahmad appreciated the efforts of Information Department for the publication of special number on Shakeel Badauni and said that
for the first time, the Government had increased the budget of Urdu Academy and several awards and scholarships to promote Urdu language and litterateurs. He remembered his meetings on several occasions with Shakeel Badauni and said that he became a separate identity among film lyricists.
Welcoming the guests, the Information Director Mr. Ajai Kumar Upadhyaya discussed the contribution of Shakeel Badauni for films and literature. He said that Information Department would continue the efforts of publishing the special numbers on famous poets and litterateurs as earlier. He appreciated the
efforts of editor of Naya Daur Dr. Wazahat Husain Rizvi and his colleagues for brining out this special number on Shakeel Badauni. On this occasion, famous Urdu and Hindi poets, litterateurs and teachers were present, besides eminent citizens