Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has started penning official notes on files in Konkani or Marathi, a departure from the convention of writing them in English, in a bid to promote the official languages.

"I am writing the notes and remarks on files in Konkani or Marathi," he told reporters here on Wednesday.

The technocrat-turned-politician admitted "he still falters while using some words" (in the two languages).

Konkani and Marathi are official languages of the state, where English is also used prominently.

After becoming the Chief Minister, Parrikar has pushed for use of regional languages as Medium of Instruction (MOI), upsetting the supporters of English.

He said earlier Governments were only ritualistic in their commitment to promote official languages. "Promotion of Konkani and Marathi was secondary and ritualism had attained importance."

The BJP-led Government recently announced one-time grant of Rs 12 lakh for starting a Konkani or Marathi primary school in addition to Rs 1 lakh grant annually for the next five years.


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