Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to include Chhattisgarhi dialect in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution, saying Chhattisgarhi has a history of its own.
In a letter, the Chief Minister said the grammar of the dialect, prepared by Hiralal Kavyopadhyay and edited and translated by George A.K. Grierson, was published in the Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal in 1890.
A wide range of quality literature of Chhattisgarh is also available and it is continuously increasing, an official statement on Sunday quoted Baghel as saying.
He said that Chhattisgarhi sub-dialects and some other languages are also prevalent in Chhattisgarh, but majority of the people in the state use Chhattisgarhi and it is also a language of communication with other regional dialects.
He said that apart from Hindi, Chhattisgarhi has been adopted as a state official language used for official purposes. Chhattisgarhi Official Language Day is celebrated every year on November 28.
He said it has been conveyed by the Central government that the inclusion of Chhattisgarhi and other languages of the country in the 8th Schedule is under consideration.
“You are requested that keeping in view the prosperity and public goodness of Chhattisgarh, it is necessary to include Chhattisgarhi in the Eighth Schedule,” Baghel said.