Ranchi: Political parties in the state favoured an academy for regional languages to promote and protect languages spoken in Jharkhand. Suggesting for a Regional Language Academy'.
In an attempt to find a solution to a long-pending demand of different communities, including tribals, to accord second language status to their languages, an all-party meeting was convened by chief minister Arjun Munda on Wednesday.
The meeting was attended by leaders of almost all important political parties in the state including Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, All Jharkhand Students Union and Jharkhand Vikas Morcah-Prajatantrik.
Most communities, including Bengalis, Oriya and nine tribal groups have been demanding second language status. Bengalis and Oriyas had even used it as a tool to garner support from political parties at the time of election.
After the meeting Munda said, "The representatives of all the parties were unanimous on announcement of second language in the state. There was suggestion that since many communities have sizable population in the state the government should accord status of second language to groups of languages."