Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jul 14:
Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik today urged the Centre to include Sambalpuri, Kosali and Ho languages in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution of India.
In a letter to Union Home minister Rajnath Singh, the chief minister reminded him of the letter of the state government to the Union Home ministry on March 1, 2014 in which it had requested to consider the proposal for inclusion of these three languages of the state in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution.
“The state government had submitted a complete proposal based on the recommendations of an Expert Committee to the ministry”, he said.
Sambalpuri and Kosali are the mother tongue of more than 7.5 million people in Western Odisha and have been spoken for many centuries and used as a medium of teaching in non-formal schools now, while Ho is the mother tongue of more than a million tribal people living in the districts on the borders of Odisha and Jharkhand, the chief minister pointed out.
“Considering the above, I request you again to consider the proposal expeditiously to fulfill a long-standing demand of people speaking these languages,” Patnaik said in his letter.