Bhubaneswar, Dec 4 (LocalWire) The ruling Biju Janata dal has called upon the Central Government for the inclusion of the three major tribal languages of Odisha: Ho, Mundari, & Bhumija in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution.
Raising the demand in the Rajya Sabha yesterday in a special mention, lawmaker Sasmit Patra said that the languages are a symbol of ethnic identity.
There is an urgent need for including the tribal languages Ho, Mundari and Bhumija in the 8th Schedule, he said.
The scheduled tribes constitute nearly 22.5 per cent of the state’s total population.
Odisha’s tribal population accounts for 9.7 per cent of the country’s total tribal population.
The Ho, Mundari and Bhumija languages are used by nearly 10 lakh tribal settlers in Odisha and Jharkhand.
The inclusion of these tribal languages in the 8th schedule of the Constitution will fulfill the long-cherished linguistic aspirations of the tribal communities, Patra said in the Rajya Sabha.
62 tribal communities, including 13 Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTG) inhabit the State. As many as 21 tribal languages and 74 dialects are the means of communication for the tribal people.