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Govt examining demand for Khasi, Garo as official language

SHILLONG:

The government is examining all aspects of the demand for making Khasi and Garo official languages of Meghalaya.

“We have to examine all these aspects and then take a call,” Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma told reporters here, on Thursday.

He said that earlier too the issue of declaring an official language depended on the definition of what official language is. “Therefore, all these aspects are being examined even today,”he said.

Stating that there are logistical challenges, the chief minister said, “Tomorrow, if notings in the government files can be done in Garo language will that be an issue or not, how will we handle that.

If somebody makes file notings in Garo so people who speak Khasi and English are not able to then make comments or understand then we will have challenges in the governance process also. If those kinds of aspects are going to be included if it is official language then how do we overcome that challenge or if we remove that aspect and government notification and notings in the file need not be in Khasi or Garo, will that then mean the definition of official.”

“So we see all those aspects and then only decide how we move ahead with this because yes, we would want both Khasi and Garo as official language but what does it mean and how do we handle the sequences and if notings in the file have to come in Khasi and Garo and how will officials deal with that and what impact it has on governance,” he added.

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