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Call to introduce exam paper in mother tongues
Staff reporter
 GUWAHATI, May 5 – A joint meet of the Asam Sahitya Sabha and Bodo Sahitya Sabha today demanded the State Government to make compulsory a question paper of minimum 50 marks in mother tongue for any government/private jobs in the State besides making mother tongue compulsory in English-medium schools.

 This, the two apex literary bodies said, will induce the parents to make their wards well-acquainted with their mother tongue for the sake of job security.

Addressing a press conference, Asam Sahitya Sabha president Rong Bong Terang and Bodo Sahitya Sabha president Dr Kameswar Brahma said that both the Sabhas had chalked out a programme of boosting the State’s indigenous languages.

Stressing the need for implementation of the Official Language Implementation Act, the Sabhas also wanted that anyone serving in Assam should learn Assamese as the official language, besides other indigenous languages such as Bodo, Karbi, Mising, Dimasa, etc., as per his/her posting, within a period of one year.

“An officer serving in Bodoalnd Territorial Council (BTC) ought to know Bodo while someone posted at Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) should know Karbi,” Dr Brahma said, adding that the two Sabhas were ready to share the responsibility of imparting training of local languages to government officials/employees.

Another demand of the Sabhas related to compulsory use of Assamese in hoardings and nameplates in Assam, Bodo in BTC areas, Bangla in Barak Valley, Karbi in KAAC areas, etc., as the lead language.

“In BTC, KAAC, Barak Valley, etc., Assamese, English and Hindi will come next in the order preference for public and official purposes,” Dr Brahma said.

Other demands of the Sabhas included immediate amending the Assam Non-Provincialised Educational Institutions (Regularization of Services) Act-2011 and the Assam Private Educational Institutions (Rules and Management) Act-2006, as suggested by the Bodo Sahitya Sabha.

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