Dehradun: The UNESCO report clearly stated the languages spoken in Uttrakhand like Garhwali, Kumaoni and Jaunsari are on verge of extinction. People are avoiding the use of these languages.

Even as the assumption behind the formation of Uttarakhand was the conservation of the distinct culture and languages of the state, many of the languages spoken by small groups no longer exist.

In order to make Garhwahli and Kumaoni stay alive, the BJP government evolved a provision of incorporating the languages in the recruitment test for category C. Later, the state government reverted back from its decision.

The moot point is that the people on the one hand avoid speaking Garhwali and Kumaoni, on the other the political parties are pitching for including both the languages in the eight schedule of the Constitution.

After the formation of Uttarakhand, this is for the third time that the assembly polls are being conducted. Likewise the first two assembly elections, this time also there is no mention about the neglect of native languages.

JPN/Bureau