Goa firm on implementation of Official Language Act

Special Correspondent

Goa University urges Government to set up

a centre for Konkani studies

Website for the Directorate of Official Language to be launched soon

PANAJI: The Goa Government on Friday decided to take steps to implement the State Official Language Act (OLA) in State administration.

Preparation of administrative terminology, training to government officials in Konkani language and publication of Official Gazette in official language were some of the issues discussed at length at a meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Digambar Kamat on Friday.

The meeting decided to constitute a subcommittee under the chairmanship of MP Shantaram Naik to study various aspects of the issue of use of official language in the administration.

The subcommittee will submit its report by December 15.

At the meeting, it was informed that there was a proposal of the Goa University requesting the State Government to set up a centre for Konkani studies.

The Chief Minister said that an appropriate decision would be taken on the proposal only after a thorough study.

A website for the Directorate of Official Language would also be launched soon, said officials of the directorate. Faced with the pressure from Marathi language protagonists on one hand and the proponents of Roman script demanding equal status on the other, the State Government has been dilly dallying for long over measures to implement the Act.

The State’s OLA passed in 1987 after a major agitation made Konkani in Devnagari script the official language of Goa and provided for use of Marathi for all official purposes.

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