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Assam NGO diktat: ‘Don’t give job without learning local language’

Photo: facebook/@AkanirSahityaSabha

Photo: facebook/@AkanirSahityaSabha  

The Assam Sahitya Sabha has also set the Sarbananda Sonowal government a month’s deadline to make Kendriya Vidyalayas introduce any recognised indigenous language as the third language

An influential literary organisation in Assam has issued a diktat, saying people not knowing Assamese or any other indigenous language will not be allowed to work in the State.

The Assam Sahitya Sabha, established in 1917, has given the Sarbananda Sonowal government a month to make the schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education introduce any recognised indigenous language as the third language up to Class 12.

Resistance in the past

The NGO asked private universities such as Don Bosco University that have allegedly resisted using a local language as a medium of instruction to fall in line. The government should take punitive action if they doesn’t take action, it said.

Protection of identity

“We have served notice under the provisions of the Assam Accord [of 1985 that ended a six-year agitation for ejecting illegal migrants]. The Centre should have made an effort to protect the cultural and linguistic identity of the indigenous people. We have to protect our identity,” Assam Sahitya Sabha president Paramananda Rajbongshi said in a statement on Thursday.

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