DIPHU, Sept 2: The chief executive member (CEM), Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC), Tuliram Ronghang convened a meeting with all stakeholders with an aim to make Karbi the official language of KAAC and an associate language in Assam as per clauses 3.2 and 3.4 of the MoS 2021. The meeting was held at Arboretum cum Craft Centre here on Friday.
According to the tripartite agreement Memorandum of Settlement (MoS) with the government of Assam and the government of India with the six armed organisations on September 4, 2021 in clause 3.2 of the agreement, it has been stated that the government of Assam will consider favourably the proposal of KAAC to notify Karbi as the official language of KAAC. However, Hindi, English and Assamese shall also continue to be used for official purposes. While clause 3.4 says that the government of Assam shall set up a committee to study the demand for notifying Karbi language as an associate language in Assam, the committee will also recommend measures to further strengthen and popularise Karbi language at the national level by including a suitable script in consultation with Karbi Literary Society and other Karbi organisations.
The meeting was chaired by CEM Ronghang and was attended by former CEMs Jotson Bey and Mojari Hanse, leaders of Karbi Lammet Amei and Karbi Cultural Society and leaders of various student and youth organisations, Khorsing Teron and others.
The stakeholders agreed on the proposal to make Karbi an official language in KAAC and associate language in Assam. They also appreciated the six armed organisations for the promotion and development of Karbi language by including it in the MoS.
The CEM further clarified in the meeting that there is no boundary issue with Meghalaya.
“The recent claim by both the government of Meghalaya and Assam in resolving inter-state boundary dispute is not going to affect West Karbi Anglong. The Block – I and Block – II areas are within West Karbi Anglong,” said the CEM.