Put Gojri on 8th schedule of Indian constitution: Tribal body to Centre

Jammu, Publish Date: Jan 22 2018 12:13AM | Updated Date: Jan 22 2018 12:13AM
Put Gojri on 8th schedule of Indian constitution: Tribal body to CentreFile Photo

The Gujjars of Jammu and Kashmir today made an extensive appeal to the community residing in 12 states for a joint struggle to press Union government to expedite the process for inclusion of Gojri language in the 8th schedule of Indian constitution. 

They made this appeal in a programme organised by Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation –a main organization of the Community. They  impressed upon the government of India to take an immediate decision on the recommendations of Jammu and Kashmir State government with regard to inclusion of Gojri in the list of schedule languages of country. The programme was presided over by noted Gujjar scholar Dr. Javaid Rahi.

In his presidential address Dr Javaid Rahi, stated that  Gojri Speaking constitute more than 15 million in India having 2  to 3 million population in the state. He said being oldest and significant languages of India deserves  recognition at National level since long. He said Gujjars,the main speakers of Gojri, mainly live in 12 states of North-Western India, listed as ST in J&K and Himachal Pradesh and  OBC in 10 other states  are fighting   vigorously for inclusion  of their mother tongue in 8th Schedule of India.

The meeting was informed by the members of Tribal Foundation that for inclusion of Gojri in India Constitution , Governor NN Vohra ,  two Chief Ministers of the state  from time to time have writted separate letters to Union Home ministry recommending including of Gojri.

The meeting adopted six resolution on the occasion including constitution of committee to pursue the matter related to inclusion of Gojri in the  eighth schedule of India constitution. A committee of senior writers , poets and intellectual was also constituted which will work  jointly and to meet different dignitaries  to address the issues with regard to development of  Gojri language and culture.

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