Will implement Odia for official businesses; govt committed to promote language: Patnaik

Bhubaneswar: Claiming to have effectively addressed some of the key promises made to the people, Odisha government on Saturday said it will implement Odia language in transaction of official business for which rules are in advanced stage of formulation.

"My government is committed to promote Odia language and the rich cultural heritage of Odisha," Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said in his address to the Council of Ministers on completion of two years of his government in 4th term.

Stating that Odisha Official Languages Rules are in advanced stage of formulation for better implementation of Odia in transaction of official business, Patnaik said Odisha Official Languages Act, 1954, is being suitably amended for
the purpose.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. PTI

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. PTI

"I am hopeful that by August 15 this shall be implemented," Patnaik said.

The Chief Minister also announced that University of Odia Language and Literature would be established with an aim of teaching and research in Odia language and literature at post graduate, doctoral and post doctoral levels.

Odia Virtual Academy which has been announced in this year's budget will soon be a reality, he said, adding as a first step, a five-member advisory committee has been formed.

Through this academy rich literary corpus of Odia language would be digitised and made available through web portal.

While faculty position in Odia in universities and colleges would be filled up on priority, the government has instituted  Vyasakabi Fakir Mohan Senapati Scholarship for Odia Language with a cash award of Rs 20,000 for students securing more than 90 per cent in +2 and +3 level, he said.

Creation of Odia Chair in reputed universities outside Odisha like Jawaharlal Nehru University and Banaras Hindu University is beign pursued, Patnaik said.

He added that for Odia Chair in JNU, budgetary provision has already been made.

Odia Bhasa Pratisthan proposes to come out with a new edition of Odia Administrtive GLossary, he said, adding "the heart and soul of Odisha is Mahaprabhu Jagannath, Odia language and literature."

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Updated Date: May 21, 2016 17:21:32 IST

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