AITC, MP raise in Parliament for inclusion of Garo-Khasi languages in Eighth Schedule

Shillong, August 02: Less than a week after Meghalaya TMC leaders raised state specific issues in the national capital, today the Parliament has listed one of the most crucial topics, that of inclusion of Garo and Khasi languages in the Eighth Schedule for discussion in the Zero Hour.

Remember, on July 26, 2022, a delegation of Meghalaya TMC leaders including Dr. Mukul Sangma and MLA George Lyngdoh along with TMC MPs held a protest outside the Parliament demanding the repeal of the Assam Meghalaya border pact and the inclusion of Garo and Khasi languages in the Eighth Schedule.

Addressing the press on July 26, Dr. Sangma stated, “Language is an indispensable part of identity. The Garo and Khasi inclusion would increase job opportunities for the youth of the state.”

Just a day earlier, on July 25, TMC Rajya Sabha MP Derek O’Brien had written to the Secretary General of the Rajya Sabha to discuss the matter pertaining to the languages of Meghalaya.

In his letter he stated, “The recurring denial of Garo and Khasi languages as official languages of this country, shows the second hand treatment that the Central Government portrays towards North-East in general and Meghalaya in particular. I condemn the current Meghalaya Government and the Union Government for their continued apathy and ignorance towards the sentiments of people of the state.’

Slamming the MDA Government over the issue of unemployment, he added, “Inclusion of these two languages will benefit the people of the state as a recognised language nationally that can be taught in high schools, used as a second language for competitive examinations, and open more job opportunities for them.”

With this matter coming up for discussion in Parliament today, Meghalaya TMC has proven itself to be a credible alternative that has and will continue to push Meghalaya specific issues at the national level, something that the ruling dispensation has failed to do ever since coming to power.



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