THE CONSTITUTION (FIFTY-EIGHTH AMENDMENT) ACT, 1987

Statement of Objects and Reasons appended to the Constitution
       (Fifty-sixth Amendment) Bill, 1987 which was enacted as
         THE CONSTITUTION (Fifty-eighth Amendment) Act, 1987

                   STATEMENT OF OBJECTS AND REASONS

The  Constitution of India was adopted by the Constituent Assembly  in
English.   A  Hindi  translation of the Constitution,  signed   by  the
members  of the Constituent Assembly, was also published in 1950 under
the  authority  of  the  President  of  the   Constituent  Assembly  in
accordance with a resolution adopted by that Assembly.

2.   There  has  been  a   general demand for  the  publication  of  an
authoritative  text of the Constitution in Hindi incorporating therein
all  the  subsequent  amendments.  It is also imperative  to   have  an
authoritative text of the Constitution for facilitating its use in the
legal  process.  Any Hindi version of the Constitution should not only
conform  to  the  Hindi  translation   published  by   the  Constituent
Assembly,  but  should also be in conformity with the language,  style
and  terminology adopted in the authoritative texts of Central Acts in
Hindi.   It is, therefore, proposed to amend the Constitution so as to
empower  the  President  of India to publish under his  authority   the
translation  of the Constitution in Hindi signed by the members of the
Constituent  Assembly  with such modifications as may be necessary  to
bring  it  in  conformity  with the language,  style  and   terminology
adopted  in  the  authoritative  texts of Central Acts  in   the  Hindi
language.   The  President  would also be authorised  to   publish  the
translation  in  Hindi of every amendment of the Constitution made  in
English.

3. The Bill seeks to achieve the aforesaid objects.

NEW DELHI;                                          BUTA SINGH.

The 17th February, 1987.

                         
       THE CONSTITUTION (FIFTY-EIGHTH AMENDMENT)
                              ACT, 1987


                                        [9th December, 1987.]

An Act further to amend the Constitution of India.

BE  it enacted by Parliament in the Thirty-eighth Year of the Republic
of India as follows:-

1.    Short   title.-This   Act   may  be  called  the   Constitution
(Fifty-eighth Amendment) Act, 1987.

2.   Amendment  of  the  heading of Part XXII.-In  Part  XXII  of  the
Constitution,  in  the  heading, after the word,   "COMMENCEMENT",  the
words ", AUTHORITATIVE TEXT IN HINDI" shall be inserted.

3.    Insertion  of  new   article   394A.-After  article  394  of  the
Constitution, the following article shall be inserted, namely:-

"394A.   Authoritative text in the Hindi language.- (1) The  President
shall cause to be published under his authority,-

(a) the translation of this Constitution in the Hindi language, signed
by the members of the Constituent Assembly, with such modifications as
may  be  necessary to bring it in conformity with the language,  style
and  terminology adopted in the authoritative texts of Central Acts in
the  Hindi  language, and incorporating therein all the amendments  of
this Constitution made before such publication; and

(b)  the translation in the Hindi language of every amendment of  this
Constitution made in the English language.

(2)  The  translation  of  this Constitution and  of  every  amendment
thereof published under clause (1) shall be construed to have the same
meaning  as  the original thereof and if any difficulty arises  in  so
construing any part of such translation, the President shall cause the
same to be revised suitably.

(3)  The  translation  of  this Constitution and  of  every  amendment
thereof  published  under this article shall be deemed to be, for  all
purposes, the authoritative text thereof in the Hindi language.".