Rajya Sabha members can now communicate in Santali language


Bhubaneswar:  In a significant development, the Rajya Sabha Secretariat has arranged for simultaneous interpretation facility for five more languages including Santhali.

Santali, a language in the Munda subfamily of Austroasiatic languages, related to Ho and Mundari, spoken mainly in Odisha, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Chhattisgarh.

The four other languages for which interpretation facility have been arranged in the Upper House of the Parliament are Dogri, Kashmiri, Konkani and Sindhi.

“Members of the upper house can communicate in any of the 22 scheduled languages listed in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution,” Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said.

Now, the MPs can speak in any of the languages in the Upper House from the upcoming monsoon session of the Parliament scheduled to begin on July 18.

Naidu, after assuming office, had assured that necessary measures would be taken to allow the members to speak in any of the 22 languages. “Speaking in mother tongue enables better expression of thoughts,” he had said.

In order to put this into effect, Rajya Sabha Secretariat has made special efforts to identify, select and train interpreters in those five languages.

Of the 22 scheduled languages, Rajya Sabha has earlier established Simultaneous Interpretation Service for 12 languages- Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu.

For the five languages- Bodo, Maithili, Manipuri, Marathi and Nepali- interpreters have been deployed from Lok Sabha.

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