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Odisha Government passed the much-awaited ‘Odisha Official Language (Amendment) Bill, 2018’

Bhubaneswar: 2/5/18;The State Assembly today passed the much-awaited ‘Odisha Official Language (Amendment) Bill, 2018’ having penal provisions for non-compliance and reward for extensive use of Odia by State government officials in official communication.

“We welcome the Bill (amendment). However, violations and quantum of punishment has not been defined,” said Leader of the Opposition Narasingha Mishra speaking to reporters.

Amendment is just mere eyewash. It would have been better had it been passed after incorporating penal provisions,” said BJP leader Pradip Purohit in his reaction on the Bill.

“From now onwards government employees will be forced to do official business in Odia. Employees will get incentives for using Odia in official business. Rules are being worked out over the quantum of penalty,” informed Government Chief Whip Amar Prasad Satpathy.

The House also passed the ‘Odisha Shops and Commercial Establishments (Amendment) Bill, 2018’ making signboards in Odia mandatory for shops and business establishments within the State.

Under the provisions in the Bill all shops and business establishments have to comply with the order within a month of its implementation or pay fines. Penalty for first-time violators will be Rs 1000 subject to a maximum of Rs 5000.

However, for second violation penalty will be Rs 2000 subject to a maximum of Rs 25000.

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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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