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�No mass support for Khasi in 8th Schedule�

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SHILLONG, Feb 6 � The recognition of the Khasi language, spoken by tribal people in Meghalaya, was delayed in getting enlisted in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution of India as there is lack of mass support, Sahitya Akademy member Sylvanus Lamare said here today.

�There is lack of mass support demanding the Khasi language enlisted in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution and this is the major hurdle faced by those who fought for its inclusion since 1972-73,� said Lamare, who is also a member of the Government constituted committee formed with an aim to look into the matter.

Citing the drawback of a language not enlisted in the Eighth Schedule, Lamare said important awards like those of the Sahitya Akademi, Birla Foundation would be missed by the people that speak the language.

Had Khasi been recognised and enlisted as one of the languages in the Eighth Schedule, the Sahitya Akademi member said it would have been one of the subjects that Khasi students could opt for as main subjects in civil services besides thousands of job openings that would follow in various government departments.

Pleading with civil societies, pressure groups and students organisations to support Khasi�s inclusion in the Eighth Schedule, Lamare said he also looks forward to churches to support since they are the torchbearers in enriching the language.

While the process had started several decades back, Khasi has been recognised as the Associate Official Language after the Meghalaya State Language Act, 2005 after it received the Governor�s assent on May 1, 2005. � PTI

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�No mass support for Khasi in 8th Schedule�

SHILLONG, Feb 6 � The recognition of the Khasi language, spoken by tribal people in Meghalaya, was delayed in getting enlisted in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution of India as there is lack of mass support, Sahitya Akademy member Sylvanus Lamare said here today.

�There is lack of mass support demanding the Khasi language enlisted in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution and this is the major hurdle faced by those who fought for its inclusion since 1972-73,� said Lamare, who is also a member of the Government constituted committee formed with an aim to look into the matter.

Citing the drawback of a language not enlisted in the Eighth Schedule, Lamare said important awards like those of the Sahitya Akademi, Birla Foundation would be missed by the people that speak the language.

Had Khasi been recognised and enlisted as one of the languages in the Eighth Schedule, the Sahitya Akademi member said it would have been one of the subjects that Khasi students could opt for as main subjects in civil services besides thousands of job openings that would follow in various government departments.

Pleading with civil societies, pressure groups and students organisations to support Khasi�s inclusion in the Eighth Schedule, Lamare said he also looks forward to churches to support since they are the torchbearers in enriching the language.

While the process had started several decades back, Khasi has been recognised as the Associate Official Language after the Meghalaya State Language Act, 2005 after it received the Governor�s assent on May 1, 2005. � PTI