MLAs express concern over non-use of Odia in official business in Odisha

Odisha Sun Times Bureau

Bhubaneswar, June 22:

Cutting across party lines, members from both the Treasury and Opposition in the Odisha Assembly expressed serious concern over the fact that Odia language was not being used in full in official works business despite a directives by the state government way back in April 6, 1985 under the Odisha Official Language Act 1954.assembly

Directives have been issued by the state government at least 15 times since 1985 to make sure Odia becomes the lingua franca in all official correspondence and file notings.

During  the Question Hour on Saturday, the Commerce and Transport minister Ramesh Majhi  admitted that despite repeated government directives to  all departments, Odia language was still not being used by most for official correspondence and file work.

He said out of a total of 11,298 government letters issued over the years , only 5042 were in Odia language

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