GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Ministry of Home Affairs
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.2974
TO B5 ANSWERED ON THE 16TH DECEMBER, 2009/AGRAHAYANA 25,1931 (SAKA)
Mohapatra Committee on Languages
2974. SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR:
Will the Minister of HOME AFFAIRS be pleased to state:
(a) whether it is a fact that the Sitakant Mohapatra Committee has recommended the inclusion of more languages in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution of India; and
(b) if so, the details of the recommendations and action taken/proposed to be taken thereon
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS (SHRI AJAY MAKEN)
a) A Committee was set up in September, 2003 under the Chairmanship of Shri Sitakant Mohapatra to evolve a set of objective criteria for inclusion of more languages in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution of India. The Committee submitted its report in 2004.
(b): The report of the Committee is under consideration in consultation with the departments concerned of the Central Government. No time frame can be fixed for consideration of the demands for inclusion of more languages in the Eighth schedule.