We will work to get official tag for Eighth Schedule languages: Stalin
The DMK authorities will attempt to make all languages within the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution, together with Tamil, because the Union authorities’s administrative and official languages, Chief Minister M.K. Stalin mentioned on Sunday.
Mr. Stalin mentioned that on June 6, 2004, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and the then Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, accepted the demand for declaring Tamil as a classical language. The official notification was issued on October 12, 2004.
Recalling former Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi’s efforts at making Tamil a classical language, Mr. Stalin mentioned a number of Tamil students had demanded the standing for the traditional language.
The 22 languages within the Eighth Schedule are Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Odia, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu.