The government plans to increase the cash prizes given to winners of Hindi literature awards, according to Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni.

Presenting the Bhartendu Harishchandra Awards, Ms. Soni said the cash prizes, ranging from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 35,000, were rather low from the present day perspective. The Ministry would soon take a decision for its upward revision.

The annual awards are given for original writings in Hindi on journalism and mass communication, national integration, children's literature and women's issues. The 2007 and 2008 prizes were given on Monday.

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