All-party committee for 2nd language status to Bangla

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Ranchi, Mar 4 (UNI) Demanding second language status to Bangla and other tribal languages, the Opposition along with the members of Treasury Bench created an uproar in the Assembly, forcing the Speaker to form an all-party committee regarding the issue.

Raising the issue, Mr Ashok Kumar (BJP) said the state government was not sticking to its assurance given in the last Assembly session and the matter was yet to be sorted out.

'' The House had directed to solve the matter in 45 days during the winter session, but the government was yet to take any decision in this regard,'' Mr Kumar informed the House.

Intervening into the matter, Deputy Chief Minister Stephen Marandi said the government was serious about the issue and would leave no stone unturned to preserve the tribal culture and language.

Referning to a decision taken by the erstwhile NDA government, Mr Marandi said any language, spoken by one per cent population, could be given the status of second official language but so far the Jharkhand government had not received the required Data.

Mr Marandi said the 2001 census report lacked some details and after obtaining those, the government would come to a conclusion.

Meanwhile, Mr Marandi proposed to form an all-party committe for the issue.

Speaker Alamgir Alam announced to form an all party committee to sort out the issue and the move was unanimously welcomed by both the ruling and opposition Party.

Earlier, the members of RJD, FB and BJP had demanded second language status to Bhojpuri, Bangla and Khortha.

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