Bhojpuri, 3 more to get official tag

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.

By SUDHIR KUMAR MISHRA in Ranchi
  • Published 22.03.18
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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.

Other decisions

• Family pension regulations of former MLAs were amended. So far, the spouse of a deceased MLA received Rs 60,000 per month. After the death of both MLA and his/her spouse, their dependent minor children received Rs 60,000 a month till they became adults. Now, the dependent minors will get Rs 45,000 per month

• Election schedule for 34 municipal bodies approved by the state election commission, ratified with retrospective effect

• Rs 26.37 crore approved to buy 55-metre hydraulic platform for Ranchi fire brigade, and 42-metre each for Jamshedpur and Dhanbad

• Seventh Pay Commission benefits for judicial officers, effective retrospectively since January 1, 2016

• Special India Reserve Battalion of PVTGs (particularly vulnerable tribal groups) headquarters to be shifted from Dumka to Pakur

• Rs 48.72 crore approved for building multi-purpose exam halls at constituent colleges in Ramgarh, Giridih, East Singhbhum, Latehar and Simdega in the current fiscal

• Monthly salary of system officers at e-courts raised from Rs 17,00 to Rs 32,000

• Regulations amended to facilitate voucher payments during the execution of the Centre-sponsored Blue Revolution (fisheries sector) projects

• Revenue villages of Dhanwar, Mayaramtoli, Uparitola and Dudhwadih in Dhanwar block of Giridih district to comprise a new Dhanwar nagar panchayat but subject to approval of the state election commission.