Assembly adopts bill to make Chhattisgarhi official language

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Raipur, Nov 28 (UNI) The Chhattisgarh Vidhan Sabha today unanimously adopted a bill, seeking to grant official lanauage status to 'Chhattisgarhi' even as the state government announced to set up a commission for the development of the dialect.

Replying to the debate on the Chhattisgarh Official Lanauage (Amendment) Bill 2007, Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh said the proposed commission would work for developing 'Chhattisgarhi' lanauage, its vocabulary and grammer.

''The aspirations of the people are being fulfilled when this house unanimously granted official language status to Chhattisgarhi,'' he said, adding ''It's not a political issue. It's related to the Chhattisgarhi pride.'' Stating that efforts would now be made to include 'Chhattisgarhi' in the Eighth Schedule of the constitution, the Chief Minister said lanauages like Mathili, Dogri had been included in section 347 of Eighth Schedule.

''Chhattisgarhi could also be included in the list,'' he said and sought cooperation of all the political parties in this regard.

Cutting across party lines, the legislators welcomed the state government's move to grant official language status to 'Chhattisgarhi'.

However, Congress members also felt that a separate bill could have been brought for the purpose instead of making an amendment in the Official Lanauage Act.

Congress legislature party deputy leader Bhupesh Baghel, Mr Nandkumar Patel, Mr Dharamjit Singh Mr Gulab Singh (All Congress) and Ms Kamda Jhole (BSP) were among those who participated in the debate on lanauage bill.


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