Plea for Khasi and Garo in Eighth Schedule

The Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government is likely to table a resolution in the autumn session of the Assembly to urge the Centre to include the Khasi and Garo languages in the Eighth Schedule.

By Our Correspondent
  • Published 12.09.18
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Speaker Donkupar Roy releases a book by Raphael Warjri at a function in Shillong on Tuesday.  

Shillong: The Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government is likely to table a resolution in the autumn session of the Assembly to urge the Centre to include the Khasi and Garo languages in the Eighth Schedule.

Addressing a gathering organised by the Khasi Authors' Society here on Tuesday, Speaker Donkupar Roy said he had suggested to chief minister Conrad K. Sangma that the government bring a resolution in the Assembly to urge the Centre to include the Khasi language in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution.

"The chief minister said the same can be done for Garo language as well," Roy added.

The Speaker expressed hope that since the MDA government has close relations with the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre, the state would be able to influence Delhi to grant recognition to the languages.

He also suggested that the people in Meghalaya be taught both Khasi and Garo languages.

Roy urged people to encourage legislators, who cannot articulate in English in the Assembly, to speak in Khasi.

"There are legislators who cannot articulate in English. They end up remaining mum from the beginning of the term until its conclusion. But there are legislators who feel awkward speaking in their own language in the Assembly as they feel that people in their constituencies will poke fun at them saying that they cannot speak in English," Roy said.

If the government tables the resolution, it will be the first time that an official resolution will be placed in and passed by the Assembly on the long-pending demand to include both the languages in the Eighth Schedule.

The autumn session will be held from September 21 to 27. Of the five working days, three have been reserved for government business while two will be for private members' business.

The Meghalaya Language Act, 2005, recognises Khasi and Garo as the state's associate official languages.