Odisha, February 19, Abhijit Saha: Odia language may get classical status within a week known from a press release issued by the member of Rajya Sabha Rama Chandra Khuntia yesterday. This status will be accorded by the Union Cabinet.
Earlier on 6th February Odisha Chief minister Naveen Patnaik urged in a letter written to Culture Minister Chandresh Kumar Katoch to take steps for consideration of the proposal by the union cabinet where he also requested to expedite the process of consideration by the Union Cabinet since over 40 million citizens of the state are looking forward for the approval of this approval.
On July 23rd it got the approval from the Linguistic Committee of the Sahitya Academy. But the process had been delayed due to some reservations of the Home Ministry and the Law Ministry. Then Khuntia took up the matter with the ministers of both the Ministries when the two ministries sent their recommendations to the cabinet Secretariat. For this he had also met with Union Minister V Narayanaswamy, Cabinet Secretary A Seth, Culture Minister Chandresh Kumar Katoch and Culture Secretary Rabindra Singh.
Already featured in the elite list are Sanskrit and four Dravidian Language Tamil, Telugu, Kanada and Malayalam. Tamil is the first language to get classical status. Odia would be the first among the Indo-Aryan Linguistic Group to get the status if it is selected.