State Official Language Issue Stalls House

No business could be transacted in the pre lunch session on Friday with the Congress and BJP  members creating a ruckus.

Published: 30th April 2016 07:06 AM  |   Last Updated: 30th April 2016 07:06 AM   |  A+A-

BHUBANESWAR:  Proceedings in the Assembly was disrupted and no business could be transacted in the pre lunch session on Friday with the Congress and BJP  members creating a ruckus demanding a discussion on Government’s alleged lack  of interest in implementing the Orissa Official Language Act, 1954.  The issue was raised by the Congress members as soon as the question hour  started. Congress members rushed to the well protesting  Speaker Niranjan Pujari’s decision not to allow discussion on an adjournment motion notice given by  them. While the C o n g r e s s  m e m b e r s shouted slogans in the well and tried to climb onto  the Speaker’s podium, the BJP members supported the demand for a discussion on the issue from their seats. The Speaker had to adjourn the House till 3 pm when the noisy  scenes continued.

SATE.jpgCongress members criticised the Government for its lack of interest  to use Odia in all official communication. “We wanted the  Government to declare that Odia would be used for all official communication  on the occasion of birth anniversary of Utkal Gourav Madhusudan Das on Friday,” Congress MLA Naba Kishore Das said outside the House. Das said  activities report of different departments are not presented in Odia in the Assembly though other States use their official  languages in this regard. BJD member Dibya Shanakar Mishra, however, said Congress is directionless  and their main problemis that they do not know  what to present. “They are unnecessarily creating a ruckus over the issue as the  Government has already initiated steps for implementation of Orissa Official Language Act, 1954,” Mishra said.    

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