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No assistance for promotion of Odia language culture from Centre, says Minister in Odisha Assembly

No assistance for promotion of Odia language culture from Centre, says Minister in Odisha Assembly

Bhubaneswar, Feb 19 (UNI)The Central Government has not provided any assistance for promotion of Odia language after it was accorded classical status, Minister for Odia Language and Culture Jyoti Prakash Panigrahi told the Odisha Assembly today.

Making a statement as per the direction of the Speaker SN Patro, the minister said the department has not received any assistance in the ratio of 90:10.

The Speaker yesterday had directed the Minister to make statement after Congress leader Tara Prasad Bahinipati said both the state and the central governments were neglecting the Odia language and culture.

Mr.Bahinipati said though the central government had allocated Rs 300 crore for the promotion of the Classical languages in the country not a single rupee was allotted for the promotion of Odia language.

A major part of the money was provided for the promotion of Sanskrit language, he alleged .

Mr Bahinipati wanted to know whether the state government has sought the assistance from the central government and requested the Speaker to direct the minister to make a statement.

The minister said the state government has taken a number of steps for the promotion of Odia language.

The government, he said has initiated steps to set up a Centre of excellence in the name of Central Institute of Classical Odia at Bhubaneswar for research, promotion and development of infrastructure. The work for the construction of the is likely to be completed by the end of March next.

The state, the minister has given proposal to set up two professional Odia Chair in Central University Gujarat and Hyderabad and the proposals are now under the consideration of the central government.

He said among other things special department has been created and steps have been taken for the use of Odia language in administration and to translate the Odia classics to other languages .

After the Minister’s‘ statement Congress Legislature Party leader Narasingha Mishra said the Minister did not say anything on the issue raised yesterday in the house.

The Speaker suggested to raise the issue again on other forum as there is no scope for discussion after the Minister ‘s statement.


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