ADVERTISEMENT

Meghalaya Assembly wants Khasi, Garo in Constitution

Meghalaya Assembly wants Khasi, Garo in Constitution

Published
Hot News
2 min read
Conrad K. Sangma. (File Photo: IANS)
Shillong, Sep 27 (IANS) The Meghalaya Assembly on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution urging the Central government to include Khasi and Garo languages in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution.
Moving the resolution, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma described it as a "historic decision" for the state. The resolution was passed by voice vote.
"It is a long pending demand. Every single citizen of our state has really wanted this particular resolution to go through so that Khasi and Garo languages are included in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution," he said.
Before passing the resolution, members of the opposition Congress besides associate member of the ruling United Democratic Party lauded the National People's Party-led coalition government for bringing the resolution.
"We will go all out to demand from the Centre to ensure that the two languages are included in the Constitution," Himalaya Muktan Shangpliang of the Congress said.
The resolution stated that according to the Census 2011, Garo has a language population of 936,496.
Garo belongs to the Tibet-Burman group of languages.
Khasi belongs to the Austro-Asiatic family in the Mon-Khmer group. It is widely spoken in Meghalaya and in parts of Assam and Bangladesh. The only language belonging to this family which has been included in the Eighth Schedule so far is Santali.
The Khasi Authors' Society said that according to the 2011 Census, there are 14,31,344 people in India who spoke Khasi, which, as a written language, has completed 176 years.
In 2005, the Meghalaya Assembly recognised Khasi and Garo as the state's associate official languages. But English continues to be an official language as no other language links the Khasi, Jaintia and the Garo communities.
--IANS
rrk/mag/mr

(This story was auto-published from a syndicated feed. No part of the story has been edited by The Quint.)

(This story was auto-published from a syndicated feed. No part of the story has been edited by The Quint.)

(The Quint is available on Telegram. For handpicked stories every day, subscribe to us on Telegram)

We'll get through this! Meanwhile, here's all you need to know about the Coronavirus outbreak to keep yourself safe, informed, and updated.

Liked this story? We'll send you more. Subscribe to The Quint's newsletter and get selected stories delivered to your inbox every day. Click to get started.

The Quint is available on Telegram & WhatsApp too, click to join.

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
Stay Updated

Subscribe To Our Daily Newsletter And Get News Delivered Straight To Your Inbox.

Join over 120,000 subscribers!
ADVERTISEMENT