SANTOSH K. KIRO
– Appointment of official writers, teachers likely in future
Government jobs and promotion of literature await the 11 languages that recently got second language status in Jharkhand.
The Cabinet on August 30 had agreed to accord the status to five tribal and four regional languages — the quintet of Santhali, Ho, Kurukh, Mundari and Kharia and the quartet of Nagpuri, Panchpargania, Khortha and Kurmali — along with Bengali and Oriya.
The Assembly passed the language bill on September 3.
Now, the governor will put his seal and the Raj Bhasha department will notify it in the gazette.
This entire process clears the way for numerous benefits associated with the official second language tag bestowed on the 11 tongues.
The two most obvious gains are jobs for those conversant with these languages — as teachers, official writers and the like — and promotion of literature.
“Government advertisements will be published in newspapers and magazines in these new official languages. Interested people can use these languages in applications to the government. The government is bound to reply in the language concerned,” said an official of Raj Bhasha department, requesting anonymity.
This opens up huge employment avenues, as the government will need to appoint persons with academic qualification in these languages.
While the Raj Bhasha department will notify how and where each of the 11 new second official languages will come in use, the human resource development department will determine whether to introduce the languages at the primary level of education.
“We are expecting about 40,000 jobs for our youths as teachers of these languages at the primary school level,” said Giridhari Ram Gaunjhu, head of the department of tribal and regional languages, Ranchi University.
The veteran scholar also hoped that literature of tribal and regional languages would get a big boost through state promotion.
Echoing him, Nagpuri scholar and former Ranchi University professor B.P. Kesri said: “We have succeeded in getting second official language status for our languages. Now we will ask the state government to establish Sahitya Akademi, so that our literatures get promoted. ”Courtesy: TheTelegraph.