Bhubaneswar: The Bhasha Suraksha Sammilani reiterated its demand of forming a Linguistic Commission and making a penal provision in implementation of the Odisha Official Language Act during celebration of Utkal Divas here on Saturday.
“Merry making with decorative lights and organizing cultural programmes will not liven up Odia language and culture. A Linguistic Commission with provisions of punishment for violators is a pre-requisite for implementation of the language act. The government is betraying people by showing reluctancy for constituting a commission,” said political leader and intellectuals.
Former Minister Bishwabhusan Harichandan alleged that the language act is not yet implemented due to lack of willingness of the state government.
Former Speaker of State Assembly, Sarat kar, historians Dr Pritish Acharya and Dr Nibedita Mohanty, Senior journalist Rabi Das spoke on how Odia language was protected overcoming various obstacles and formation of Odisha on linguistic basis.
President of the Sammilani, Baishnab Parida called upon the people to speak Odia in their day to day life and also make their children habituated with learning Odia.
Padmashri Prafulla Kar and his group sang all the patriotic songs those were sung in the first session of Utkal Sammilani. The programme was coordinated by youth litterateurs including Amitabh khilar, Biswanath Behera and Sachin Nayak.