भारत और मॉरीशस सरकार की द्विपक्षीय संस्था     A Bilateral Organization of the Government of India and the Government of Mauritius
World Hindi Secretariat

 
Agreement
 

 

THE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF MAURITIUS 
AND 
THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF INDIA

WHEREAS the Government of the Republic of Mauritius and the Government of the Republic of India, hereinafter referred to as the parties, signed a Memorandum of Understanding concerning the setting up of the World Hindi Secretariat on 20 August, 1999.

WHEREAS the World Hindi Secretariat, hereinafter referred to as the Secretariat, was set up pursuant to the enactment of the World Hindi Secretariat Act 2002 (Act No. 35 of 2002) passed by the National Assembly of Mauritius;
WHEREAS it is considered necessary to further the objectives of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Parties for setting up of the World Hindi Secretariat on 20 August 1999 and of the World Hindi Secretariat Act 2002;

Taking cognizance of the provisions of the World Hindi Secretariat Act 2002 (Act No. 35 of 2002) passed by the National Assembly of Mauritius;

NOW THEREFORE the parties have agreed as follows:

Article 1

1. The parties shall cooperate with each other to promote Hindi as an international language and further the cause of Hindi towards its recognition at the United Nations as an Official Language.

2. To achieve the above objective, the Parties have set up the World Hindi Secretariat.

Article 2

1. The Secretariat shall comprise of –

a) A Governing Council
b) An executive Board; and
c) A Secretary General

2. The World Hindi Secretariat shall have necessary professional, administrative and technical support staff to enable it to achieve the aims and objectives of this Agreement.

Article 3

1. The Governing Council shall consist of the following or their representatives:

a) On the Mauritian side –

(i) Minister having responsibility for the subject of Education.
(ii) Minister having responsibility for the subject of Foreign Affairs.
(iii) Minister having responsibility for the subject of Culture.
(iv) Two persons nominated by the Prime Minister from among eminent persons in the field of Hindi.

b) On the Indian side –


(i) Minister having responsibility for the subject of External Affairs.
(ii) Minister having responsibility for the subject of Human Resource Development.
(iii) Minister having responsibility for the subject of Culture.
(iv) Two persons nominated by the Government of the Republic of India from among eminent persons in the field of Hindi.

2. The Secretary General shall be the ex-officio Member Secretary of the Council.

3. The Parties may, by mutual agreement, co-opt such resource persons on the Council, as they consider necessary to assist the Council in its deliberations.

4. The co-opted and the ex-officio members shall not have the right to vote.

5. The Governing Council shall adopt its own rules of procedure.

Article 4

1. Each Party chairs the Governing Council on alternate basis for a period of two years.

2. The first Chairperson to be a representative of the Government of the Republic of India.

3. Three representatives of each Party present in a Meeting of the Council shall form the quorum.

4. The parties shall hold the meetings of the Governing Council as mutually agreed.

Article 5

1. The Executive Board shall consist of the following or their representatives:

(a) On the Mauritian side -

(i) Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education & Scientific Research.
(ii) Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Cooperation.
(iii) Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Arts and Culture.
(iv)Permanent Secretary, Prime Minister's Office.

(b) On the Indian side –

(i) A Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs.
(ii) Secretary (Culture)
(iii) Secretary (HRD)

2. The Secretary General shall be the ex-officio Member Secretary of the Executive Board.

3. The parties may by mutual agreement, co-opt such resource persons on the Executive Board, as they consider necessary to assist the Board in its deliberations.

4. The co-opted and the ex-officio members shall not have the right to vote.

5. The Executive Board shall adopt its own rules of procedure.

Article 6

1. The party which is chairing the Governing Council shall designate a member of the Executive Board who shall act as Chairperson of the Executive Board during that period.

2. Each Party shall chair the Executive Board on alternate basis for a period of two years.

3. The first Chairperson of the Executive Board shall be a representative of the Government of the Republic of India.

4. At least two representatives of each Party present in a Meeting of the Executive Board shall form the quorum of five.

Article 7

The Parties may, by mutual agreement, set up such Committees, within the framework of the Council and the Executive Board, as they may consider necessary to achieve the aims and objectives of this Agreement.

Article 8

1. To further the objectives of the World Hindi Secretariat Act 2002 and this Agreement, the Executive Board may, with the approval of the Governing Council, appoint such professional, technical and administrative staff as may be considered necessary, from India or Mauritius or from a third country.

2. The professional, executive and technical staff appointed from outside Mauritius shall be entitled to exemptions from taxes on income and duties on their personal and household effects brought in with them within six month of their first arrival in Mauritius and one car during their tenure / tour of duty.

Article 9

1. The Secretary General shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the Secretariat and shall be responsible to the Executive Board for the day-to-day functions.

2. There shall also be a Deputy Secretary General, who, in the absence of the Secretary General, shall perform the duties of the Secretary General or such other duties, as may be entrusted upon him from time to time by the Governing Council and the Executive Board.

3. The Secretary General and the Deputy Secretary General shall have a term of office of three years.

Article 10

The Secretary General and the Deputy Secretary General shall be nationals of Mauritius or India but the two posts shall not be held by nationals of the same country at the same time. The first Secretary General and Deputy Secretary General shall be from Mauritius and India respectively.

Article 11

The parties shall share equally the cost of the recurrent budget of the Secretariat. The Budget of the Secretariat shall be decided by the Parties by mutual agreement.

Article 12

This Agreement may be amended from time to time by an exchange of letters between the Parties, provided such an amendment is not inconsistent with the spirit of this Agreement.

Article 13

To the extent that this Agreement is inconsistent in any manner with the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Parties on 20 August 1999, this Agreement shall prevail.

Article 14

This Agreement shall enter into force on the date of signing.

In witness whereof the following representatives, being duly authorized thereto by their respective Governments, have signed this Agreement.

Signed at New Delhi on 21st November, 2003 in two originals each in English and Hindi Languages, each text being equally authentic. However, in case of divergent interpretation, the English text shall prevail.

(For the Government of the Republic of Mauritius)

(H.Ganoo)

Cabinet Secretary

(For the Government of the Republic of India)

(Jagdish Chandra Sharma)

Secretary (PCD)

 
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