Ranchi: Turning down a bill granting second language-status to 11 languages, the Jharkhand Governor has asked the state government to reconsider the matter. The Governor also raised question over inclusion of Oriya and Bangla for giving second language status.

The bill was passed in the monsoon session of Jharkhand Vidhan Sabha. The bill includes nine tribal languages along with Bangla and Oriya for second language status in the state. For the final approval, the bill was forwarded to the Governor.

Disappointed with the bill, Bhojpuri and Maithili speaking denizens submitted a memorandum to the Governor Sayyed Ahmed.

Expressing objection on the decision, the BJP state President Dineshanand Goswami said, “The state government is willing to give equal importance to different languages. With this view, the bill was tabled in the Assembly.  We are in the favour of Magahi, Maithili, Bhojpuri and other languages, but it wouldn’t be wise to delay the approval of the bill.”

JPN/Bureau