Second official language status to Angika,

Bhojpuri, 3 more to get official tag
SUDHIR KUMAR MISHRA Mar 22, 2018 00:00 IST
Ranchi: The cabinet on Wednesday resolved to promulgate an ordinance to grant second official language status to Maithili, Angika, Bhojpuri and Magahi, in addition to 12 existing ones.

As per 2011 Census report, 1,835,273, 656,393 and 114,184 people, respectively, speak Magahi, Bhojpuri and Maithili in Jharkhand. There is no official record of Angika as this language did not appear in the Census survey form. But, it is widely spoken in Dumka, Jamtara, Godda, Deoghar, Sahebganj and Pakur.

“Angika has been a recognised language in this state as per a notification issued by the home department on February 19, 2009. Angika also appeared in the list of optional subjects for the appointment of school teachers as per a 2012 notification that was approved by personnel, administrative reforms and raj bhasha department,” said home department principal secretary S.K.G. Rahate, who also holds additional charge in cabinet coordination and personnel departments.

Twelve other languages, including nine local tribal languages and Urdu, Bengali, Odia enjoy second official language status in the state.

Reacting to this move, main Opposition party JMM alleged the Raghubar Das government was doing this to influence voters for the upcoming local body polls in Jharkhand next month, which would be held on political lines for the first time.

Party spokesperson Supriyo Bhattacharya sought the state election commission’s intervention in the matter.