DMK govt will work on getting ‘official’ tag for all Eighth Schedule languages, says Stalin

File photo of DMK president M K Stalin | @mkstalin/Twitter
File photo of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin | @mkstalin/Twitter

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Chennai: The DMK government would work towards getting all the languages including Tamil, listed in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution, the status of the official language of the union government, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin said here on Sunday.

Recalling that on this day in 2004, the Centre announced that Tamil would be declared a classical language following the continued efforts of former Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, Stalin said his party-led government would continue to work to embellish the Tamil language more and more.

A notification was issued on October 12, 2004 by the union government giving Tamil the classical language status.

Further, the Chief Minister in a statement said: “The DMK government will work resolutely to make all the languages including Tamil listed in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution, the official language of the union government.”

Besides Tamil, Sanskrit, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam are among the languages declared as classical in India.

According to Article 343 of the Constitution, the official language of the union government is Hindi in Devanagari script. The Eighth Schedule has 22 languages including Hindi.

Article 345 deals with official language or languages of a state. It says a state legislature may by law adopt any one or more languages for all or any of the official purposes of that state.

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