Hindi, Dogri amongst 5 official languages in J&Ok

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 2

In a serious transfer after the Centre’s resolution to get rid of particular provisions underneath Article 370 of the Constitution and reorganising the erstwhile state of Jammu & Kashmir into two UTs, the federal government right this moment authorised a draft laws to make Urdu, Kashmiri, Dogri, Hindi and English official languages of J&Ok.

The resolution, as soon as handed by Parliament and bought Presidential assent, will change the popularity of Urdu as the only real official language of the erstwhile state. As of now, the official language of J&Ok is Urdu and Kashmiri is recognised as a regional language.

Briefing the media after a gathering of the Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Information & Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar stated, “The government has approved the introduction in Parliament the Jammu & Kashmir Official Languages Bill, 2020, in which five languages — Urdu, Kashmiri, Dogri, Hindi and English — will be its official languages.”

Noting that the choice has been taken on public demand, Javadekar stated the Bill was anticipated to be tabled in Parliament in the course of the monsoon session, which is slated to start from September 14.

The erstwhile state of J&Ok, comprising the Ladakh area, was stripped of its statehood and reorganised into two Union Territories in August 2019.

Cabinet okays draft invoice; Over to Parliament

  • The draft Bill proposes to incorporate Kashmiri, Urdu, Dogri, Hindi and English as official languages of J&Ok
  • It is predicted to be tabled in Parliament in the course of the monsoon session slated to start from September 14

Why not Punjabi, it’s anti-minority: APSCC

Srinagar: The All-Party Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC) on Wednesday flayed the Centre over the exclusion of Punjabi from the J&Ok Official Languages Bill, describing the transfer as “anti-minority”. Its president Jagmohan Singh Raina stated earlier than the abrogation of Article 370, “Punjabi was a recognised language duly certified by the Constitution of J&K.” PTI

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