LS passes J&K Official Languages Bill

The Lok Sabha passed the J&K Official Languages Bill, 2020 that seeks to include Kashmiri, Dogri and Hindi as the official languages in the newly-created Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. Earlier, only English and Urdu were the official languages in the former State.

Hasnain Masoodi of National Conference (NC) said five official languages will confuse the bureaucracy. He said Urdu was a link between J&K and Ladakh. Union Minister of State for Home G. Kishan Reddy said that as per the 2011 Census, only 0.16% of the population in J&K spoke Urdu. He stated that over 56% speak Kashmiri and it had not been recognised as an official language.