Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today recalled March 11, 2014, the day on which Odia received the “classical language”status.
Naveen took to twitter and said, “March 11 is the day of pride foe every Odia as Odia language became the sixth language of the country to get ‘classical language’ status. On the other hand, he also assured people of people to work for the development of the language.
୧୧ ମାର୍ଚ୍ଚ, ପ୍ରତ୍ୟେକ ଓଡ଼ିଆଙ୍କ ପାଇଁ ଗୌରବର ଦିନ। ୨୦୦୦ ବର୍ଷର ପୁରାତନ ଆମ ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଭାଷାକୁ ୨୦୧୪ର ଏହି ଦିନରେ ଶାସ୍ତ୍ରୀୟ ମାନ୍ୟତା ମିଳିଥିଲା। ଆମ ମାତୃଭାଷା ଆମ ସମ୍ମାନ, ଆମ ଗୌରବ। ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଭାଷା, ସାହିତ୍ୟ, ସଂସ୍କୃତିର ସୁରକ୍ଷା, ବିକାଶ ଓ ଗବେଷଣାର ଅଭିବୃଦ୍ଧି ପାଇଁ ଆମେ ସଂକଳ୍ପବଦ୍ଧ। pic.twitter.com/zvc1ph2Yfr
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) March 11, 2018
Notably, Odia on March 11, 2014 became the sixth language of the country to get “classical language” status after the Union Cabinet conceded a long-pending demand for putting it in the same league as Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam.
Odia (formerly known as Oriya) is a language spoken by 4.2% of India’s population. It is a classical Indo-Aryan language that is spoken mostly in eastern India, with around 33 million native speakers globally.