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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA Ministry of Home Affairs
RAJYA SABHA UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 2266 ANSWERED ON FEBRUARY 12, 2014 / MAGHA 23, 1935 (SAKA)
QUESTION Inclusion of Kodava and Tulu Languages in Eighth Schedule
2266. SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR
Will the Minister of HOME AFFAIRS be pleased to state;
(a) whether Government proposes to include Kodava and Tulu languages, widely spoken in Karnataka, in the eighth schedule of the Constitution of India; and
(b) if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefor?
ANSWER MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS (SHRI R.P.N. SINGH)
(a) to (b): At present, there are demands for inclusion of 38 languages including Kodava & Tulu in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution of India. The criteria for inclusion of languages into the Eighth Schedule are being evolved in consultation with the concerned Departments/Ministries of the Government of India. The pending representations for inclusion of languages into the Eighth Schedule could be considered only after a set of criteria are evolved and finally approved.