Subhas Chandra Pattanayak
The demand of Oriya Bhasa Sangram Samiti (OBSS) was for governance of Orissa in Oriya. The State Government had agreed and had come to an agreement with OBSS to work out details of how to make it a reality in practice.
When the details were formulated and placed in a dedicated website specifically created to monitor governance of Orissa in Oriya, in a surprise and baffling move, the Chief Minister has reduced the State to Official circulars, Advertisements and Name-plates, in a meeting held today the 17th December in the Secretariat.
The meeting was held behind back of the other part of the agreement, i.e. the OBSS and the Press Note issued by the CMO makes it clear that the Chief Minister has drifted away from the decision for necessary legislation to remove the obstacles from the path of governance of Orissa in Oriya.
The official caption given to the Press Note is clear enough to suggest that the CM is not for governance of Orissa in Oriya. To his perception, issuance of official circulars, official advertisements and writing of name-plates constitute the whole gamut of governance!
But to us, amendment of Orissa Official Language Act, 1954 to proceed for formation of Rules that must include, as proposed by Subhas Chandra Pattanayak in the Ministerial Committee, a provision for punishment to whosoever contravenes the said Act, is essential.
It is intriguing that the Chief Minister, having told the Assembly that the amendment of the Act is on the anvil, has not uttered a single word on that in this Press Note. Is he drifting away? We shall have to keep a close watch. For records, the press note is reproduced below: