Govt directs commercial establishments to display Odia signboards


Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Tuesday directed business enterprises and commercial establishments in the state to display their signboards in Odia language prominently.

The government also decided that all offices and institutions of state government would display signboards in Odia language prominently apart from other languages, if any, within 15 days.

The decision was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Development Commissioner and Additional Chief Secretary R. Balakrishnan at the state secretariat today. Principal Secretay Labour and ESI Smt Anu Garg outlined the issues for discussion.

Balakrishnan directed the labour department to ensure enforcement of display of the signboards prominently in Odia in all the shops and commercial establishments.

Balakrishnan asked the General Administration and Public Grievance Department to issue suitable instructions to all Government departments and agencies accordingly. The Housing and Urban Development department was asked to launch a special drive for display of boards in Odia in all ULBs.

During the meeting, the officials appreciated the efforts made by some shops and establishments in changing their signboards to Odia. It was further decided to launch an online portal to receive complaints from the general public about non-display of such signboards in Odia language.

Principal Secretary General Administration and Public Grievance Ashok Kumar Meena, Principal Secretary of Labour department Anu Garg, Secretary Housing and Urban Development G. Mathivathanan, Municipal Commissioner, BMC Krishan Kumar, Labour Commissioner Anjan Kumar Manik, Special Secretary Labour Umakanta Tripathy along with other senior officers of the concerned department were present.

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