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CM urged to develop Santali language in Odisha

 The Trustees and Members of Saarawna Trust placed 11 demands and proposals before Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to develop Santali language in Odisha.

The 11-point charter of demands includes linguistic minority status to Sanatali language in Odisha (Santali as 2nd official language in Odisha), constitution of Odisha Santali Academy like Odisha Sahitya Academy and Odisha Bigyan Academy to promote Santali language and welfare of its writers, continuation of P.G. Course in Santali at DDCE, North Orissa University, Baripada as well as DDCE, Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, establishment of full size statue of Guru Gomkey Pandit Raghunath Murmu, the inventor of “Ol-Chiki” script as well as Marang Gomkey Sunaram Soren at Smart City Bhubaneswar to prove their existence in the State of Odisha, value of Indian currency must be written in Santali language also, the script should be “Ol-Chiki”, legendary Marang Gomkey established Ashram school in the State during his ministership and as an education promoter, provision of scholarship among the students of Ashram school may declared after his name news bulletin in Santali language should be telecast in Doordarshan and AIR as well as cultural based programme should be telecasted in both medium of network, Santali language paper should be included as an optional paper to be written in “Ol-Chiki” script in All India Civil Service Examination conducted by UPSC as well as Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC) and Odisha Staff Selection Commission (OSSC) conducted by Government of Odisha and others.

Notably, Santali is the mother tongue of Santal, Mahali and Birhor people and other tribals in Odisha and it is one of the languages incorporated in the 8th Schedule of India’s Constitution according to the 92nd Amendment Act on 22.12.2003.


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