Govt urged to earmark fund for promotion of tribal languages

STAFF REPORTER IMPHAL, 23rd Oct: Ukhrul MLA K Leishiyo Monday called for development of tribal language while stressing the need for preserving languages of smaller communities.

He was speaking as chief guest of the Tribal Language Day held in the conference hall of Tribal Research Institute, Chingmeirong. The observance was organised by Council of Tribal Language and Literature Society Manipur (CTLLCM).

Leishiyo further said that languages of 18 tribal communities out of 35 recognised communities of the state have been approved by the government for school education. He also assured to propose the government to include the remaining languages.

Apart from the major languages, there is strong need to preserve and promote languages of other smaller communities in a multi-ethnic state like Manipur as it would reduce the gap of communication.

From this year onwards, the state government has reserved separate budget for development and promotion of tribal languages and the government will take up new initiatives in this regard, he said.

CTLLCM chairman Rangonning Gangmei, while delivering the keynote address, explained that the main objective of observing the day is to develop and promote the tribal languages and bring unity in the state.

While Meeteilon stays as a major language of the state, there is the urgent need to develop and promote other tribal languages, he said, while appealing to the government to formulate a state policy for development of tribal languages.

Zou Literature Society president Dr Lashingkhai and department of language planning and implementation director Dr M Mahabir were also present on the occasion as special guests.

MLA K Leishiyo released a souvenir to mark the occasion. 

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