The primary aim of the Ministry of Marathi Bhasha is the promotion of Marathi Language through all mediums and increasing its popularity in all walks of life.
The department is keen on securing the classical status for Marathi and is encouraging work on these parameters. The overall focus of the department is popularisation of Marathi in all walks of life.
The department is earnestly working towards officiating Marathi as the administrative language of Mumbai High Court in order to promote ease of understanding in legal matter.
The Ministry aims at extending the outreach of Marathi classical literature works by reprinting the old editions, conversion into electronic medium and encouraging new writers.
Marathi at Tel Aviv University
After a historic signing of MOU between The Ministry of Marathi Bhasha and The University of Tel Aviv, Israel, Marathi classes have commenced in the university. This initiative expands the frontiers of Marathi language and introduces it richness to a larger audience globally.
Subsidised Slots for Marathi Book Vendors
With an aim to encourage the promotion of Marathi books, the department has offered subsidized slots for vendors and publishers of Marathi books. The Municipal Corporations of all major cities across the state have been instructed to provide for slots ranging from 500-1000 sq feet at subsidized rates for the sale of Marathi books.
Upgrading of Marathi Encylopedia
The Marathi Bhasha Department has appointed a committee of experts to help with the up-gradation of the Marathi Encyclopedia to help expand its outreach and aiding the relevance of information. The Encyclopedia consisting of 20 volumes will be reviewed by experts covering its various subjects like literature, science, history, political science, social science and others.
Grand Felicitation of Dnyanapeeth Awardees
Grand felicitation ceremony was organaised to celebrated Dnyanpeeth Award winner Dr. Bhalchandra Nemade by the Marathi Bhasha Department. The ceremony was conducted on the landmark location of The Gateway of India, befitting the prestige of the event.
The Department has chalked out a master plan for ‘Pustakanche Gaav’- Village of Books in Billare near Mahabaleshwar. This initiative aims at popularizing the habit of reading amongst all ages. Pustakanche Gaav will include books of various languages and programs such as ‘Author Talks’, ‘Book Discussions’ will be regularly organized. Adding the element of local flavor and culture, the department has apporched the locals and encouraged them to open their homes to the visitors. The homes will be developed as mini libraries, encouraging local tourism and related ventures for the local population.
The Marathi Bhasha Department, as a fitting tribute to our beloved President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, encouraged the celebration of his birth anniversary as ‘Reading Day’ across the state. The department mandated this day to be observed in schools and educational institutes across the state and this initiative was very well received by the students and teachers across the state. Many schools organized event for reading day and had an enthusiastic participation from the students.
State Laws renamed
Per the amendments in the Maharashtra Rajyabhasha Act – 1954, Marathi was recognised as the official state language of Maharashtra. Apart from this, In order to popularise the use of Marathi in all walks of life, The Marathi Bhasha Department proposed changing the names of the laws in the state of Maharashtra. The names of the laws with the word ‘Bombay’ will soon be replaced with either ‘Maharashtra’ or ‘Mumbai’.