Shillong July 4: Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said he is not averse to the use of Khasi and Garo languages in Meghalaya Legislative Assembly.
Speaking to reporters on Monday, the chief minister said the use of both Khasi and Garo languages by the legislators should be allowed in the Assembly.
To a query in this regard, the Chief Minister said, “You are right, I have had multiple discussions with a lot of our leaders and with the Assembly Speaker also and we are of a very strong opinion that to certain extent…along with the translations even in the Assembly both Khasi and Garo languages should be allowed to be spoken.
According to the chief minister, the use of two local languages may be allowed in terms of motions and different resolutions, the debates that take place on the Governor’s address or budget discussion but not Question Hour immediately.
“We have already started the process and discussion is on and we are very serious and we all feel that both Khasi and Garo languages should be allowed to use in the Assembly at least certain parts”, he said.
The chief minister, however, said that it will depend on the Assembly Secretariat and that he is sure to get a positive response in this regard.
“It is positive but I can’t comment on it since it is a legislature matter but as a government we strongly feel that it is something which should be encouraged,” he asserted.