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J&K fails to create posts of language officers for Dogri, Kashmiri even after decades

The Committee was surprised to note that no post for language officers had been created in the Department for Kashmiri language (1950), which was included in the Eighth Schedule more than 70 years ago.

Jammu: A parliamentary panel has expressed surprise over failure of the government to create posts of language officers for Kashmiri and Dogri languages, notwithstanding the fact that Kashmiri was included in the Eighth Schedule more than 70 years ago. Dogri language was included in the 8th Schedule of the Indian Constitution 17 years ago.

“The Committee is surprised to note that no post for language officers has been created in the Department for Kashmiri language (1950), which was included in the Eighth Schedule more than 70 years ago. Further, even after 17 years of inclusion in the Eight Schedule, no posts of languages officers have been created for Bodo, Santhali, Maithali, and Dogri,” said Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice in its 114th report on “Demands for Grants (2022-23) pertaining to the legislative department” which was tabled in the Parliament on Thursday.

It added, “This is despite having a large number of people speaking these Scheduled Languages viz Kashmiri (5,527,698) and Dogri (2,282,589)”.

The Committee also observed that posts of language officer were vacant, inter-alia, for Urdu and Sanskrit languages. “Further, no post of language officers has been sanctioned for Bodo, Santhali, Maithali, Dogri and Kashmiri languages,” it added.

The Committee was surprised to note that no post for language officers had been created in the Department for Kashmiri language (1950), which was included in the Eighth Schedule more than 70 years ago.

The Committee has, accordingly, recommended that the department should not only fill-up the vacant position of language officers but also approach appropriate authorities for creating posts of language officers for Bodo, Santhali, Maithali, Dogri and Kasmiri languages without any further delay.

Meanwhile, Department of Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice submitted to the panel that the Constitution of India has been translated and published in 16 languages.

“The Department has, further, submitted that work of translation of the Constitution of India in Dogri and Kashmiri languages has been assigned to the University of Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Language (JKAACL).

The Committee recommended the Department to fix a timeframe for completing the translation/updation of Constitution of India in all the scheduled languages and apprise this Committee in this regard while furnishing the Action Taken Replies.

Pertinently, there are 22 languages included in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution. Dogri among four languages were added in the Constitution in 2004.

 

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