Article 350B of the Constitution provides for the appointment by the President of a Special Officer for Linguistic Minorities.
This Officer is known as the National Commissioner Lingusitic Minorities. It is his duty to investigate all matters relating to safeguards provided for the linguistic minorities and report to the President at such intervals as may be fixed. Annual reports are presented to the President by him through the Minister of Minority Affairs. They are laid on the table of both Houses of Parliament.
Commissioner for Linguistic Minorities
The Special Officer acting as a Commissioner for Linguistic Minorities in India, who appointed by the President of India. This Officer is known as National Commissioner Linguistic Minorities.
The Commissioner for Linguistic Minorities (CLM) Organization came into existence in July, 1957 at New Delhi. After a brief period it was shifted to Allahabad and now it has been shifted to New Delhi with effect from1 June 2015.
It is his duty to investigate all matters relating to safeguards provided for the linguistic minorities and report to the President at such intervals as may be fixed. The Annual reports are being presented to the President through the Minister of Minority Affairs and are laid on the table of both Houses of Parliament.
The Report records its findings and recommendations for appropriate action by the State Governments and the Union Territory Administrations, as applicable.
Functions and Objectives
- To submit to the President of India, the Reports as mandated under Article 350B of the Constitution on the status of implementation of the Constitutional and the nationally agreed Safeguards for the linguistic minorities.
- To provide equal opportunities to the linguistic minorities for inclusive development and national integration.
- To spread awareness amongst the linguistic minorities about the Safeguards available to them.
- To ensure effective implementation of the Safeguards provided for the linguistic minorities in the Constitution and other Safeguards, which are agreed to by the States/ UTs.
- To take up the representations for redress of grievances related to the safeguards for linguistic minorities with the States/ UTs.
Streamlining and strengthening implementation machinery and mechanism for effective implementation of the Constitutional safeguards for the Linguistic Minorities, thereby ensuring protection of the rights of speakers of the minority languages so as to provide them equal opportunities for inclusive and integrated development.
To ensure that all the states / U.T.s effectively implement the Constitutional safeguards and the nationally agreed scheme of safeguards for the linguistic minorities for providing them equal opportunities for inclusive development.