Advance Congratulations to Language Activists: Governance of Orissa in Oriya is No More Distant

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

ama bhasa ama rajabhasaWe in Odia Bhasa Sangram Samiti (hereinafter Samiti)  are sure that governance of Orissa in Oriya is no more distant from reality. Our systematic movement is yielding results and the political government is determined to remove all obstacles from the way of governance of Orissa in Oriya. We have held many informal meetings with the Ministerial Committee on the subject and our last meeting in the chamber of Hon’ble Minister Debi Prasad Mishra, who heads the said Committee,  gives me every reason  to report that, Hon’ble Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is also eager to see that Orissa is governed in Oriya.

We, from our side, have fully honored the resolutions adopted in the Joint Action Committee comprising our representatives and the Ministers representing the Chief Minister held on August 01, 2015 in the 2nd floor Conference Hall of the Secretariat. Dr. Debi Prasanna Pattanayak was specifically requested to draft the “Language Policy” which he has done and submitted. Under resolution No.3, Subhas Chandra Pattanayak has submitted draft of necessary amendment to the Orissa Official Language Act, 1954 along with the draft of necessary Rules for driving the Act ahead. The State Government on its part has taken all steps for creation of a website on the subject wherein the above three drafts would be posted for the general public to suggest improvements, if any, they deem relevant to the purpose.The website will carry the original Act and all the official circulars in the matter so far for facilitating  formation of  public opinion and suggestions.

The Hon’ble CM will launch this historic site possibly by the 2nd week of November.

Sri Sankar Parida, Convener of the Samiti and Dr. Subrat Kumar Prusty, in consultation with Dr. Debi Prasanna Pattanayak and Prof. Natabar Satapathy and other representatives thereof , have created a road-map for proper implementation of the Act.

Another informal meeting of the Joint Action Committee is on the anvil to finalize the agenda to be placed before the next formal meeting wherein the relevant official functionaries along with eminent men of letters with marked language activism would be invited to put forth their views. With such views as would be coming, the concrete proposals shall be fine-tuned and then the Government shall proceed to get the necessary legislation, so that penal action should be taken against whosoever contravenes the Act.

It is most noteworthy that the CM is taking personal interest to ensure that the assurance given to the Bhasa Sangram Samiti on July 08, 2015 is honored in letter and spirit. And, the way the Ministers representing the CM are giving their unrestrained constructive cooperation to us in this matter has, in fact, created the necessary climate for governance of Orissa in Oriya.

When thus we feel that the mission of the movement is not far from success, we congratulate in advance all the friends whose language activism is going to succeed. We congratulate poet Gajanan Mishra whose ‘Fast onto Death’ jerked the entire Oriya population including all the Ministers and the CM out of slumber, consequent upon which the dreams of the revered founders of our language-based State is coming true within a few months. Students from Shantiniketan had come on cycle to help that dream come true. Students from Sambalpur are coming on foot to help that dream come true. We congratulate them all in advance. Media in general and Sambad Editor Soumya Ranjan Patnaik in particular deserve congratulations in advance as their cooperation to our campaign is a great factor in bringing the government to agreement with the Samiti for governance of Orissa in Oriya. Here are some pictures that would carry their contributions into the pages of history.

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  1. Really sir, namaskar, you are doing a great job, thanks to you. Let all works be done in Odia language in Govt offices/ in lower courts so that a common odia man can get the benefit of democracy. My strong opinion is that LLB i.e. law degree course be in Odia language in addition to English for the reason that students of LLB can read and write law books in oriya and it is also necessary for smooth functioning of court/office works in Odia language. More over in general degree plus three course students have already been provided the Odia medium. LLB is a degree course and hence teaching through odia is the call of the time.
    Thanks,
    Yours,
    Gajanan Mishra,
    20.10.2015

    • Dear Gajanan babu, this is a must if governance of Orissa is to be in Oriya. It is judiciary where the need is most felt and our purpose would fail if law education is not addressed to administration of law in Oriya. You have already set an example by practicing in Oriya and the State must follow the path you have successfully paved. I am sure, your TAPASYA shall not go barren. Subhas

  2. 1) In W.P.(C) no 5958/ 2007 The Hon’ble High Court has ordered to supply copy of judgement in Oriya as per sec 137 of Civil procedure code.
    2) In WP(C) no 13622/2008 The Hon’ble High Court of Orissa has ordered the other party to supply the copy of plaint/petition in Oriya

    3) In WP(C) no 139/2012 the Hon’nle High Court, Orissa has expressed his displeasure as the subordinate court has not followed the order as passed in the above two writs.

    4) In letter no 1406 dated 6.7.2007 the registrar , civil court Bolangir has requested all judges to receive applications/plaints/ws etc etc filed in Oriya language.

    5) Orissa Gazette dated 10.6.1972 Govt notification no 894 dated 6.6.1972 of law department it is mentioned that sole court language shall be Oriya

    6) Govt of India Home Deptt , Nyaya Bibhag and Raj Bhasha Bibhag letter dated 8.6.2015 has written Oriya Bhasha ko ingrejike jagah nijli adalatome lagu karne ki sambandh me sent a letter.

    Due to all the reasons LLB course in Oriya is the call of the time. The other states of India have already imparted the teaching in their own languages.

    I have applied through RTI application about the language of offices in Orissa to Sub collector Titilagarh and he has given a reply stating that-” Bideshi Ingraji bhashare Orissa rajya bhitare Orissa sarakaranka karya karibaku sebhali kounashi aadesh nahin.” It means without any order foreign English language is being used everywhere in Odisha.

    I have written this to Govt long before on 2.9.2008 on this matter.

    I have met Naveen Patnaik CM on 27.10,2008, 3.1.2009

    I was on hunger strike on 1st April 2015 and fast-unto-death from 1st July to 8th July 2015.

    Govt had called a meeting on 1st August 2015. Thereafter, we are waiting for the 2nd formal meeting. Let us see what is going on in future.

    We are ready to do anything for implementation of Oriya language always everywhere within Orissa including subordinate courts as I think English is unconstitutional and unlawful and also undemocratic act if we use it within Orissa. There is no law or Act behind English language. In the 8th Sch of the Constitution, English is not there.
    Let us wait and see the action taken by Govt of Orissa.
    Yours,
    Gajanan Mishra

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