Raipur, Nov 2: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh today said his government would bring in legislation soon to grant official language status to 'Chhattisgarhi'.
''We are bringing a legislation to make it an official language'', he said at a press conference here, elaborating the announcement made by him late last night at the inaugural ceremony of the 'Rajyotsav' marking the seventh anniversary of the state's formation.
Asked whether the government was also keen to get it included in the eighth schedule of the constitution, Dr Singh said a proposal would be sent to the centre in this regard after completing the necessary formalities.
''At present, we are making 'Chhattisgarhi' the state official language and will continue efforts to include it in the eighth schedule'', he added.
Chhattisgarhi dialect, part of the East-Central group of Indo-Aryan languages, is the predominant language in the region. It is often regarded by linguists to be a dialect of Hindi, which is the official language of the state.