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Promotion & preservation of Odia language was the focus of Cabinet Meeting

Puri:26/12/17;Promotion & preservation of Odia language was the focus of Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Shri Naveen Patnaik for the first time outside state Capital at Puri. Key decisions include an independent Culture Department, a separate Heritage Cabinet & various steps to promote use of Odia in all spheres.

Highlight of decisions taken by the Cabinet:

• Culture Department to be separated from Tourism Department, named Odia Language, Literature & Culture Department
• Heritage Cabinet to be established for preservation of Odia culture, heritage, language & literature
• Amendment of Orissa Official Language Act, 1954 with provisions for penalty for universal usage of Odia in Government
• Amendment of Orissa Shops & Establishment Act, 1956 for mandatory Odia signages in shops & establishments
• Odia Language Commission to be established for promotion & preservation of Odia language
• World Odia Language Summit to be hosted every five years
• All public communications to be carried out in Odia language, all government functions to be in Odia
• Full waiver of fees for Degree & Post-Graduate studies in Odia
• Byasakabi Fakir Mohan Scholarships in Odia to be extended to Plus Two & Plus Three students
• UGC model for promotion of research in Odia language & literature
• Increase in Ph.D seats and Readers posts in Odia
• Regular workshops on Odia language & literature at colleges & universities; publication of journals
• Promotion of translation of literary works to and from Odia
• New prizes for Odia research, children’s literature, science books, websites and blogs
• Annual recognition for persons/organizations excelling in development of Odia language software
• Annual State & district level book fairs with focus on Odia
• Public Libraries to be established in every district with focus on Odia language, literature as well as Odia translations
• Odia beginner’s course for Non-Resident Odias through Odia Virtual Academy, courses in English, French, German, Japanese and Spanish
• Grand celebrations at Kapileswarpur & Satalahadi Math to commemorate Atibadi Jagannath Das’ birth anniversary
• Doubling of Bhagabat Tungis and grants

Reiterating state Government’s commitment towards promoting Odia language, Chief Minister Shri Patnaik stated that various initiatives are in place and many more are being taken up to ensure the same.

About Editor in chief

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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