The Meeting of the Executive Board of National Council for Promotion of Sindhi Language (NCPSL), an autonomous organization under the Ministry of Human Resource Development with its aim to promote, develop and propagate Sindhi language, was held under the Chairpersonship of Human Resource Development Minister, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani.
The Executive Board decided to confer two Lifetime Achievement Awards which also carries a Sanman Rashi of Rs. 5.00 lakhs each under two categories, namely Sahitya Rachna Sanman and Sahityakar Sanman.
It has been decided that Lifetime Achievement Awards for the year 2014-15 will be conferred to Shri Lakshman Hardwani, and Shri Jairam Rupani, under the categories of Sahitya Rachna Sanman and Sahityakar Sanman respectively.
For the year 2015-16, the Lifetime Achievement Awards will be conferred to Shri Lakhmi Khilani and Shri Kanhaiya Lal Talreja under the categories of Sahitya Rachna Sanman and Sahityakar Sanman respectively.
It has also been decided to confer six Literary Awards for the year 2014-15 and seven Literary Awards for the year 2015-16, which also carries a Sanman Rashi of Rs.1.00 lakh each to these Scholars.
For the year 2014-15, the Awards will be conferred to (1) Shri Mohan Himthani (Poetry), (2) Dr. Usha Saraswat (Fiction), (3) Shri Arjun Kriplani (Fiction), (4) Prof. Dr. Baldev Matlani (Non Fiction), (5) Dr. Haso Dadlani (Non Fiction), (6) Shri G V Murjani (Translation).
For the year 2015-16, the Awards will be conferred to (1) Shri Arun Babani (Poetry), (2) Ms.Poonam Ratnani (Fiction), (3) Shri Laxman Bijlani (Fiction), (4) Shri Jagdish Shahdadpuri (Non Fiction), (5) Shri Tej Kabil (Non Fiction), (6) Ms.Monica Panjwani (Debutant Writer), (7) Shri Ghansyam Murlidhar Sharma (Translation).
It was also decided that a team of Sindhi youngsters including a writer and a historian be deputed to travel to select countries. These will be countries to which Sindhis trace their roots, as well regions within the country where Sindhis have settled, and then trace India’s historical relations with them and publish the findings. Accordingly, 10 Sindhi students of Class XI and above will be shortlisted annually.
A grant of Rs. 1.00 crore each as Corpus Fund to Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati University in Ajmer and Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, Indore has been concurred by the Executive Board to establish Sindhi Chairs to promote Sindhi Language.