Khasi-Jaintia & Garo languages recognised under Sixth Schedule but not under 8th Schedule

Shillong, March  17: District Council Affairs (DCA) minister Lahkmen Rymbui has said the Khasi and Garo languages are already recognised under the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution of India but not under 8th schedule. 

The usage of language is different and inclusion under the Eighth Schedule is different, Rymbui said in reply to a supplementary question by West Shillong legislator Mohendro Rapsang.

Rapsang wanted to know the ground for pursuing for inclusion of the two languages in the Eighth Schedule despite being recognised under Sixth Schedule.

Rymbui said the House had already sent a resolution to the Centre for inclusion of Khasi and Garo languages under the Eighth Schedule.

Rapsang wanted to know whether there is  any information from the Centre on the matter.

In reply, the DCA minister pointed out that the chief minister had already mentioned in his reply to the Governor’s address and the member must remember that.

To  a question by Rongara legislator Rakkam A Sangma, Rymbui said the government has already taken steps to promote and preserve Khasi and Garo languages starting from the elementary schools.

However, both the Speaker and the minister were silent when Sangma requested to have proceedings of the House in Khasi and Garo language. 

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