Orissa CM drifts away from the decision for Governance of Orissa in Oriya

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Our demand was for governance of Orissa in Oriya. The State Government had agreed and had created a ‘Ministerial Committee’ 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 declared that the Act would work through Official circulars, Advertisements and Name-plates, which he attributes to ‘Ministerial Committee’ held today the 17th December in the Secretariat, when no such meeting is held. The ‘Ministerial Committee’ is creation of a ‘Code’ comprising a group of Ministers and ‘nominated individuals’ including me. Neither I nor any ‘nominated member’ knows of the meeting.

Under the circumstances, 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 me 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.

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  1. Not a single word has been uttered by honorable CM regarding use of Oriya in Lower Courts which was one of the prime factors of The Movement .

  2. Not a single word has been uttered regarding the use of Odia language in Lower courts , which was one of the prime demands of The Movement to which Govt. had agreed in different sittings with the representatives of ODIAA BHAASAA SANGRAM SAMITY in the Ministerial Committee formed by Govt.`s order .
    Where did they brought MUKTA BISHWOBIDYAALAYA , (from the sky) which was not at all in question .!
    WE HAVE HEARD SO MANY HIGH SOUNDED DECLARATIONS . STRICT ADHERENCE FOR IMPLIMENTATION WAS ALSO THERE I N THE 1954 LANGUAGE ACT ITSELF . WHAT HAS HAPPENED ?
    ILLUSORY DECLARATION WITHOUT PRACTICAL IMPLEMENTATION IS LIKE A “DHOOAAN BAANA”(ଧୂଆଁ ବାଣ) IN MY VIEW . THAT TO BEING DRIFTED FROM THE FROM THE EARLIER AGREED UPON POINTS .
    IS THERE ANY CABINET APPROVAL/EXECUTIVE ORDER ETC. ….?

  3. Do not worry my friends :

    As there’s a saying in the ‘Godjats’ ……………… ” RAJA JAHAA DELE HARASE , PAU PAU GALA BARASHE ”

    SO YOU KNOW WHERE we ARE !!! my friends :::

  4. Sarakaranka ghosha dhooaan baana, thik kahichhanti bhai umakanta. Sarakara aainaku manantu, adalat, nyayala manu, tebesina aainara sasana chaluchhi boli kahiheba. Samvidhanre kahuchhi, bhasha aainare kahuchhi Odiaare tala nyayalayare/karyalayare.bidyalayare Odiaare kama chaliba. kehi bi manu nahanti. ene mukhymantri kahuchhanti sabu odiaare heba! aandha deshaku gali darpana biki bhali katha heuchhi ki?

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