No change in Official Language Act: CM

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 25 March 2013 20:34 IST

Chief minister Manohar Parrikar has ruled out any possibility of changing the official language act in the immediate future.

“Some people like to throw a stone at ant nest on a tree so that ants fall on me. There is no other purpose”, said Parrikar while referring to the demands made to make Marathi official language or give official status to Roman script of Konkani.

He also said that Konkani and Marathi would always go together in Goa and their positions cannot be disturbed by anybody.

He also pointed out that almost 32 per cent people in North Goa have registered Marathi as their mother tongue.

“Let us concentrate more on paramount issues rather than such issues. Once these issues are resolved, then let us find amicable solutions for other issues”, requested Parrikar to the House.

While some members including of the BJP had asked for making Marathi the official language, some members had raised the issue of Roman Konkani during a debate on grants to official language department.

He assured all kind of support to promote Roman script in Konkani.

Regarding the functioning of Gomantak Marathi Academy, Parrikar literally warned to either take over the Academy or the government setting up its own Marathi Academy if it is not opened out to all the people.

A group of only 60 people cannot run Marathi Academy with government funds, he made it clear, while alleging that the GMA has swindled crores of rupees till date.


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