SHILLONG, Nov 27: The Meghalaya Assembly on Tuesday again passed a resolution for the inclusion of the Khasi and Garo languages in the Eight Schedule of the Constitution during a Special Session.
The one-day special session of the State Assembly was convened to pass an amended resolution, since the resolution passed by the State Assembly on September 27 required rectification on some flaws.
The Special Session passed the corrected resolution since in the resolution which was unanimously passed on September 27, hurdles related to fulfillment of certain criteria such as creation of Sahitya Akademi or Sabha and the use of Khasi as the medium of instruction in educational institutions as mentioned in the first resolution were mentioned.
As per the new Resolution passed by the Meghalaya Assembly on Tuesday, it unanimously resolved to urge upon the government of India to initiate necessary measures, as early as possible, to bring forward the Official Bill to amend the Eight Schedule of the Indian Constitution to include the Khasi and Garo languages in the Eight Schedule of the Constitution of India.
As per the amended resolution, Khasi and Garo are also a medium of instruction up to higher secondary and higher education and also that the Khasi Authors’ Society and the A.chik Literature Society which for so many years have been working for the promotion of their respective languages are in line with Sahitya Sabhas of other states.
“These organizations are autonomous, and funded by the state government to enable them to move ahead in their literary endeavours,” the amended resolution stated.
The resolution also stated that the Khasi and Garo languages has fulfilled many required criteria as much as the facts that, Khasi and Garo are ancient languages which have rich tradition which are unique and different from other languages in India.
The resolution also stated that languages of the minority groups like Bodo, Manipuri, Nepali and others have been accorded constitutional recognition by amending the Eight Schedule and that it can be constitutionally incumbent on the part of the government of India to extend similar recognition to Khasi and Garo languages.
Addressing the House when the resolution was being passed, Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma said, “After considering views of the stakeholders a comprehensive resolution was finalized.”
According to the Chief Minister, the resolution passed on Tuesday was much stronger since the government had received inputs from various stakeholders.