In Rajya SabhaBJD demand for inclusion of tribal languages spoken in Odisha in the 8th Schedule of the Indian Constitution

MP Dr Sasmit Patra demand that the Union Government take necessary steps for inclusion of Ho, Mundari and Bhumij languages in the 8th Schedule of the Indian Constitution

New delhi : In a Special Mention today in Rajya Sabha, raised demand for inclusion of tribal languages spoken in Odisha in the 8th Schedule of the Indian Constitution. There is a huge need for including three major tribal languages – Ho, Mundari and Bhumij in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution. Language is extremely important as ethnic identity. With a Scheduled Tribe population of over 22.85 per cent, Odisha is home to 62 tribal communities, including 13 Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTG). Inclusion of Ho, Mundari and Bhumij languages will go a long way in fulfilling the long-standing demands and aspirations of the tribal communities speaking these three languages in Odisha. Hon’ble Chief Minister of Odisha had written in this regard to the Hon’ble Home Affairs Minister of India last year and requested the inclusion of these three languages in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution. Ho language is spoken by nearly 10 lakh tribal people living in Odisha and Jharkhand. After Santhali, which has already been included, Ho is the second most widely spoken tribal language in Odisha. Mundari is spoken by more than six lakh people belonging to the Munda and Mundari tribes of Odisha. Bhumij is spoken by about three lakh people speaking Bhumij. These are some tribal languages in Odisha which highly deserve to be included in the 8th Schedule of Constitution. MP Dr Sasmit Patra strongly demand that the Union Government take necessary steps for inclusion of Ho, Mundari and Bhumij languages in the 8th Schedule of the Indian Constitution at the earliest.