He said that Chhattisgarhi sub-dialects and some other languages are also prevalent in Chhattisgarh, but the majority of the people in the state use Chhattisgarhi as a language and it is also a language of communication with other regional dialects.
"Apart from Hindi, Chhattisgarhi has been adopted as a state official language used for official purposes and also Chhattisgarhi Official Language Day is celebrated every year on 28 November in the state. The Chhattisgarh Official Language Commission has also been constituted to preserve the tradition, development and development of the overall linguistic diversity of the state according to the public sentiment and necessity," he said.
He said it has been conveyed by the Central Government that the inclusion of Chhattisgarhi and other languages of the country in the Eighth Schedule is under consideration.
"In this perspective, in accordance with the sentiment of 27.5 million people of Chhattisgarh state, you are requested that keeping in view the prosperity and public goodness of Chhattisgarh, it is necessary to include Chhattisgarhi in the Eighth Schedule," he said in his letter to PM Modi.
The Chief Minister urged the Prime Minister to consider the inclusion of Chhattisgarhi language and take quick and positive decisions in accordance with the sentiments of the people of the state.
The Eighth Schedule to the Constitution consists of the Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, Bodo, Santhali, Maithili and Dogri.
Of these languages, 14 were initially included in the Constitution. The Sindhi language was added in 1967. Thereafter three more languages Konkani, Manipuri and Nepali were included in 1992. Subsequently Bodo, Dogri, Maithili and Santhali were added in 2004.