Orissa Assembly resolves to spell ''Orissa as Odisha''

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Bhubaneswar, Aug 28 (UNI) The Orissa Assembly today passed a resolution urging the Centre to correct the spelling of the name and language of the state, mis-spelt in the first and eighth schedule to the constitution.

The resolution moved by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Raghunath Mohanty on behalf of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, said the name of the state and language was wrongly spelt in the records of the colonial administration and later remained so in the constitution.

The resolution said as per the etymological principles, the name of the state should be spelt as '' Odisha'' and the language as ''Odia'' both in English and Hindi.

While the name of the state was written as '' Orissa'' in English and '' Udisha'' in Hindi, the language was spelt wrongly as ''Oriya'' in English and ''Udiya'' in Hindi.

The decision to move a resolution in this regard was approved by the state cabinet on June 9 last.

Participating in the discussion on the resolution several treasury bench members demanded the government to constitute a committee to correct the names of places like Aul, Cuttack and Balasore mis-spelt in the records.

The opposition members did not participate in the discussion as they were sitting on a dharna inside the well of the house protesting the deteriorating law and order situation in the state in the aftermath of the killing of VHP leader Swami Laxamanda Sarswati UNI BD-DP KK RN 1826

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