De­mand for in­clu­sion of ‘Ho’ in eighth sched­ule picks up pace

Hindustan Times (Ranchi) - - Ranchi - Manoj Choud­hary htjhark­[email protected]­dus­tan­ ■

JAMSHED­PUR: Cut­ting across party lines, pub­lic rep­re­sen­ta­tives have be­come united in their de­mand for the in­clu­sion of Ho, a tribal lan­guage, in the eighth sched­ule of the Con­sti­tu­tion.

Dur­ing a week-long ag­i­ta­tion that started on De­cem­ber 3, lead­ers of Aadi­vasi Ho Sa­maj Yuva Ma­hasabha (AHSYM) and other tribal and po­lit­i­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions staged a dharna at Jan­tar Man­tar, New Delhi. Their ag­i­ta­tion strat­egy in­cludes meet­ing Union min­is­ters and tabling a pro­posal in this re­gard in the win­ter ses­sion of Lok Sabha (start­ing from De­cem­ber 11).

Jhark­hand BJP pres­i­dent and West Singhb­hum MP Lax­man Gilua and Congress leader and for­mer chief min­is­ter Madhu Koda were among those who par­tic­i­pated in the cam­paign. Sev­eral hun­dred Ho-speak­ing peo­ple from five states — Jhark­hand, Odisha, West Ben­gal, As­sam, and Ch­hat­tis­garh — took part in the dharna, wear­ing tra­di­tional tribal at­tire. Gilua said that he would raise the is­sue dur­ing the up­com­ing Lok Sabha ses­sion. A del­e­ga­tion of tribal par­lia­men­tar­i­ans would meet Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi in sup­port of the de­mand, he added.

“Union Min­is­ter of State for Home Af­fairs Kiren Ri­jiju has as­sured us that a pri­vate mem­ber’s bill will be brought in the house, as the Cen­tre has a pos­i­tive ap­proach to­wards re­gional lan­guages,” said Gilua.

Koda said that if the de­mand was not tabled in the win­ter ses­sion, the tribal peo­ple would not al­low trans­porta­tion of iron ore from Kol­han divi­sion. He added that thou­sands of Ho-speak­ing peo­ple would march from Jhark­hand to Delhi in the next phase of the ag­i­ta­tion.

AHSYM state sec­re­tary Sura Bir­uli said that Union home min­is­ter Ra­j­nath Singh had as­sured the ag­i­ta­tors of a meet­ing with the Prime Min­is­ter on the is­sue within a cou­ple of days.

“We have sub­mit­ted doc­u­ments in sup­port of list­ing Ho in the Eighth Sched­ule, as 22 lan­guages have [al­ready] been in­cluded. It would be an in­jus­tice to us if the Union gov­ern­ment con­tin­ues to ig­nore our griev­ances. Tribal peo­ple have been de­prived of the ben­e­fits of gov­ern­ment schemes, as the lan­guage has not been listed in the eighth sched­ule yet,” said Bir­uli.

Cur­rently, 22 lan­guages are part of the eighth sched­ule. The lan­guages in­cluded As­samese, Ben­gali, Gu­jarati, Hindi, Kan­nada, Kash­miri, Konkani, Malay­alam, Ma­nipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Pun­jabi, San­skrit, Sindhi, Tamil, Tel­ugu, Urdu, Bodo, San­thali, Maithili, and Do­gri.


■ BJP state pres­i­dent Lax­man Gilua with a del­e­ga­tion hand­ing over a mem­o­ran­dum to Union min­is­ter of state for Home af­fairs Ki­ran Ri­jiju in New Delhi on Fri­day.

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