By Sumit Mishra
Bhubaneswar, May 24: The efforts of activists fighting for implementation of the Orissa Official Language Act, 1954 in the state administration have finally paid off. Governor Dr S. C. Jamir has promulgated an ordinance, making the Act effective.
With this, the state government has paved the way for making Odia the official language of the state. It means that all works of the state administration will now be in Odia language.
According to sources, the government decided to take the ordinance route since the Assembly is not going to sit before August 15, 2016.
On May 21, chief minister Naveen Patnaik had announced that the Odisha Official Language Act will be effective.
Now that the ordinance has been promulgated, the Official Language Act has formally come into being, bringing cheers to millions of Odias.
It may be mentioned here that the movement for making Odia as the official language of the state had gathered momentum after the Union government accorded classical tag to Odia language on March 11, 2014.
The state government was facing it difficult to implement the Orissa Official Language Act, 1954 as the piece of law had not given any power to the state government to make rules to put it into practice.