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Odisha govt forms committee for making Odia official language

The Odisha government on Wednesday constituted a five-member ministerial committee for implementation of the Odia Official Language Act, 1954.

After eight days of a fast unto death launched by Odia Bhasha Sangram Samiti, the Odisha govt bowed down to its demand for making Odia official language.

The Samiti called off its fast unto death after Law Minister Arun Sahu conveyed the decision of the state government.

Industries and school and mass education minister Debi Prasad Mishra would head the committee with Bikram Arukh (forest and environment), Arun Sahu (law), Sanjay Dasburma (supplies), Pranab Prakash Das (energy) and Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak (health) as its member.

In addition to the five ministers, the committee will have seven members of the Odia Bhasha Sangram Samiti, Principal Secretary, Law, Principal Secretary, General Administration, Director Odisha Bhasha Pratisthan and a linguist as its members. The committee can invite any government officer if the need arises.


The first meeting of the committee will be held after Niladri Bije of Lord Jagannath following approval of the Chief Minister.

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  1. 1. In the initial stage, importance may be laid on Primary Education. Diplomatic-Supply of free-food to students has sabotaged primary education to serve the interest of English-medium-education. As a result people in general have withdrawn their children and put them in English-medium schools, where no importance is laid on Odia.
    2. OdishaSahityaAkademi, PathyaPustakSamstha, OdiaBhashaPratishthan etc have become rehabilatation centres for useless retd.people ofpolitical links. They serve no purpose. Our publications are very poor in comparison to Bengali, Hindi & other languages. No tangible result is achieved by these organizations through appeasement of retd.persons in good books of political people. A noddle committee may be formed to recommend for appointment, review the performance time to time & issue necessary instructions.
    3.Highschools are also unable to impart good education due to lack of expert teachers. Teaching through the medium of Odia be introduced by providing good books in standard Odia.
    4. Colleges have no good Principals, universities are run with appointment of a useless VC but no lecturers of outstanding merit to serve the purpose.

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