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Odisha makes Odia language mandatory in official, commercial purposes

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Assembly on Tuesday passed Odisha Official Language (Amendment) Bill, 2018, which makes penal provisions for the government officials for not using Odia language in official work.

As per the bill, in order to encourage maximum use of Odia language, provision has also been made to provide rewards to officials.

The bill makes Odia language mandatory on signboards of all shops and commercial establishments.

The Odisha Shops and Commercial Establishments (Amendment) Bill, 2018 and its rule provides for all shops and establishments to comply within a month or pay fines ranging between Rs 1,000 and Rs 5,000 for a first violation and rising to between Rs 2,000 and Rs 25,000 for the second violation.

A total of eight bills were passed in the Budget session of the Assembly, which culminated on Tuesday, four days ahead of schedule.

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