Hindi, Kashmiri, & Dogri added to J&K’s official languages list

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NEW DELHI:

The Union Cabinet

on Wednesday approved a bill that seeks to make

Kashmiri

, Dogri and Hindi, apart from the existing Urdu and English, the

official languages

of Jammu & Kashmir. This is in line with the long-pending demand of the people of J&K, the government said.
Announcing the decision at a press briefing, Union minister

Prakash Javadekar

said the

Jammu and Kashmir

Official

Languages Bill

, 2020, shall be introduced in Parliament in the upcoming monsoon session. He did not divulge in further details saying the bill will be debated in Parliament soon.
Union minister of state for PMO and personnel Jitendra Singh said the government has accepted the long-pending demand of the region for the inclusion of Dogri, Hindi and Kashmiri as official languages in J&K. “It is not only a fulfilment of a long-pending public demand of the region but also in keeping with the spirit of equality which was ushered in after August 5 last year,” he told reporters.

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