Jamshedpur : The Bengali speaking people will launch a statewide agitation to ensure Bengali gets recognise as the second official language in Jharkhand.
Under the aegis of Jharkhand Bangbhashi Samanvay Samity ( JBSS) . Hundreds of community people under the banner of JBSS assembled at Bengal Club, Sakchi here and took out a procession in support of their demand Later, JBSS president Bikash Mukherjee led a delegation of the Samity and handed over a memorandum addressed to the Jharkhand Chief Minister in support of their demands to the Deputy Commissioner of East Singhbhum district, Amitabh Kaushal.
Mukherjee, founder president of Jharkhand Bangbhashi Samanvay Samity ( JBSS) an umbrella body of 42 organisations in the State, said that since the creation of Jharkhand they have been fighting for the second language status to Bengali, but till today they have received only assurances from the ruling governments. Whether it is NDA or UPA, each government did little to enlist Bangla as the second language.
Addressing the people he said that the Congress and JMM in 2005 gave them in writing that they would accord second language status to the language. Even in 2007 Arjun Munda announced to accord the second language status to Bengali. But all they have failed to implement their decision.
The Nikhil Bharat Bang Sahitya Samelan senior functionary Jayanto Dey also raised demand that a proper syllabus and appointment of teachers in linguistic minority schools between class- I and XII and printing of text books in three languages –Bangla, Oriya and Urdu.
“The available infrastructure in linguistic minority schools is pathetic. Steps need to be taken to improve the situation.
Before partition of the state, there existed a strong education system under the Patna Board of Secondary Education where Bangla, Urdu and Oriya, were a regular medium of education for the community of such linguistic students.
But it is really sad that after the formation of Jharkhand , the education system for such linguistic minorities gradually started collapsing in absence of syllabus, text books, teachers and basic infrastructure for running schools,” said Dey.