Bhubaneswar:26/2/19: The Odisha Cabinet has approved the proposal to reward the officials as well as departments for extensive use of Odia as the official language.
For this, the cabinet has approved the proposal to amend the Odisha Official Language Rules, 2016 during a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today.
In case of any substantial and persistent dereliction in the use of Odia as the official language for official purposes, action as deemed fit under Odisha Civil Services (Classification, Control & Appeal) Rules, 1962 will be initiated against the erring officials.
In case of officials of All India Services arid Central Services working under the State Government, action will be initiated tinder the provisions of relevant disciplinary Rules following the laid down procedure.
For effective implementation of the use of Odia as the official language, appropriate training will be imparted to the employees for their capacity-building.
Notably, the Odisha Official Language (Second Amendment) Bill, 2018 has been passed in the thirteenth session of the fifteenth assembly and enacted in the Sixty-ninth Year of the Republic of India.
As per the new Section 4A of the said act, the State Government may prescribe suitable measures in the rules to award incentives to officials or Departments for extensive use of Odia as the official language and also to punish the erring officials or Departments or both.