Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jun 30:
Odia Bhasha Sangram Samiti, an organisation fighting for the cause of the Odia language, has called for a fast unto death from July 1 demanding implementation of the Odisha Official Language Act, 1954.
“80 years after Odisha was made a separate state based on language and 60 years after the ‘Orissa Official Language Act, 1954’ was enacted, Odia is yet to be implemented in official communication. This is unfortunate. The reluctance of the government to enforce use of Odia in private and government institutes, courts, educational institutions, healthcare centres and public places has hurt every Odia,” said Convenor of the Samiti Sankarshan Parida addressing a press conference to announce the fast yesterday.
Parida pulled up the government for not appointing Odia professors in universities even 150 years after adopting modern teaching methods and announced that the Odia Bhasha Sangram Samiti will go for a fast unto death from July 1 against the illegal, undemocratic and unconstitutional neglect by the government of the Odia language and the society at large.
“Even though the Supreme Court has made it mandatory that a child cannot be forced to learn any specific language, English is getting a wide publicity and support. It is the reason competitive examinations are not being held in Odia. Surprisingly, the government has withdrawn teaching in Odia at +2 and +3 levels. Even though other states teach in their mother tongue at engineering and medical colleges, it has not yet been possible in Odisha,” he added.