JAMMU: Legislators Thursday expressed concern over the plight of Urdu, saying the state’s official language was not getting the attention it deserved.
“We should make Urdu compulsory in higher secondary classes only then we can be able to save our civilization. I appeal Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to take steps so that we can save our official and constitutional language,” Law and Parliamentary Minister, Mir Saifullah said while speaking during the demands of grants for the Law, Justice and parliamentary Affairs in Legislative Assembly.
The legislators from Jammu also expressed their concern over the dwindling number of Urdu learners and teachers in the state.
“I appeal all the members to please teach their children Urdu. We all are going through tough times where we and our children are being exploited by people like Patwaris. So far government has not done anything for revival of Urdu, our official language, it is being meted with step motherly treatment by the successive governments in the state,” senior BJ P leader Ashok Khajuria said.
“This is a very serious issue because Urdu being our state language is not getting the status it deserves. The state government has formed a committee under Chief Secretary who was assigned to look into the issues about the poor plight of the language and steps to be taken to uplift our official language,” Chairman of Legislative Council, Amrit Malhotra said.
Malhotra urged the government to take serious steps to uplift the ‘dying’ language which is the pride of the state.
“We want to know from the government what they are doing for the preservation of the language facing a serious existential threat, ” National Conference MLC, Sheikh Ghulam Qadir Pardesi said.
NC MLC Sheikh Ghulam Rasool asked the government to table the committee’s report formed under Chief Secretary.
“Once the committee finishes its report it should be brought in the house for discussion,” Rasool said.
Another NC legislator from Jammu, Jahangir Mir said Urdu is the victim of official apathy and the constitutional language is dying because of the non-seriousness of the successive governments.