Ranchi: Jharkhand cabinet has put its seal of approval for recognising both Bengali and Oriya as the second languages of the state, along with 10 other dialects.
A cabinet meeting took the unusual decision to give second language status to the 11 laungages which also include tribal/non-tribal dialects Santhali, Mundari, Khadia, Ho, Kudukh, Kumarli, Khortha, Panchpargania and Nagpuria, Health Minister Hemlal Murmu told reporters after the meeting chaired by Chief Minister Arjun Munda.
With Urdu already being recognised, the total number of dialects getting the status of second language has gone up to 12.
Murmu said a bill in this regard would be brought in the ongoing monsoon session of the state assembly.
Representatives of these languages have been demanding the same for the last several years.
Jharkhand Utkal Association had staged demonstration near the assembly to demand Oriya be recognised as the second language of the state.