Seraikela, Sep 28: Representatives from Odiya society staged a protest at the district headquarters on Tuesday demanding solution of various problems including development, protection and preservation of Odiya language.
Ashok Sarangi, former vice-chairman of the State Minorities Commission, former MLA Gurucharan Nayak, former minister Badkunwar Gagrai, city president Meenakshi Pattnaik and Ganesh Mahli were present as the chief guests in the protest demonstration.
Addressing the gathering , Sarangi said that all Odiya speaking people should unite on one platform to preserve their language and culture. Our identity is only through language and culture and if our identity is erased then our existence will automatically end. He said that a 10-member delegation of Odiya society would soon meet the Governor and discuss the matter.
He said that in the year 2009, 9 tribal languages including Odiya, Bangla were given the status of second official language of the state, but till date Odiya speaking people are not getting their right. Even Odiya speaking children are being deprived of their fundamental right to study in mother tongue. Odiya language is constantly being neglected at the government level. He called upon the people of the society to unite and said that this movement of the society has started regarding language and culture.
On the occasion, Nagar Panchayat Vice President Manoj Chaudhary, Sushil Sharangi, Saroj Pradhan, Harish Chandra Acharya, Badri Narayan Daroga, Raja Jyotish, Tarun Mohanty and Manoranjan Giri, including hundreds of people from Odiya community of Seraikela-Kharsawan, West and East Singhbhum district were present.