recognition of the Khasi and Garo Language in the Eighth Schedule

Shillong: The demand for inclusion and recognition of the Khasi and Garo languages in the Eighth Schedule was once again discussed in the House as West Shillong MLA Mohendro Rapsang questioned why the Centre has failed to adopt these two languages in the Eight Schedule.

Rapsang had raised a question, asking when the Khasi and Garo languages are already recognised under the Sixth Schedule then what is the reason for not being recognised under the Eight Schedule.

“If these languages ars recognised in the Sixth schedule and are the official languages in the Autonomous District Council, then why and on what grounds aren’t they also adopted in the Eight Schedule,” enquired the MLA.

Minister in-charge of District Council Affairs Lahkmen Rymbui explained that the usage of language is different and including it in the Eight Schedule is different.

Rymbui also recalled that the House has already sent a Resolution to the GOI to include these languages in the Eight Schedule and till date the matter is awaiting the Centre’s decision.

Joining in, Siju MLA Rakkam Sangma urged the Speaker to hold proceedings in their local languages on some occasions.

“We shouldn’t wait for someone to preserve and promote our language; we should do it on our own. We should also teach our curriculum in our mother tongue since we can attain more knowledge,” stated Sangma.

Responding to it, Rymbui shared that the Meghalaya education department has already included Khasi and Garo languages in elementary school syllabus.

It maybe mentioned that in 2018 the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly unanimously passed a resolution urging the Centre to include Khasi and Garo languages in the Eight Schedule of the Constitution.

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