**Bhubaneswar**: The Odisha Government on Friday approved the Odisha Official Language Act, 2016 to make Odia as the official language of the State.
The Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik approved the rules for implementing the Act.
“The Odisha Official Language Rules, 2016 for successful implementation of the Odisha Official Language Act, 1954 got the state cabinet nod today. With this, the Act came to the force from today,” Chief Secretary A P Padhi told media persons here after the cabinet meeting.
Padhi also said as per the rule of the Act, a language division would function under the General Administration Department. The division would see how the Act was being implemented.
Apart from this, a committee headed by the Chief Secretary and having members as Secretaries of Information and Public Relations, General Administration, School and Mass Education and Higher Education, would also be formed.
The special secretary of the general administration department would function as the member conveor of the committee which would meet at least twice in a year to review the process of implementation of the Odisha Official Language Act, 1954, Padhi added.
Besides, the Cabinet cleared six proposals including setting up a unitary Odia Language and Literature University in the Capital City.
The bill for the above will be passed in the coming session of the State Assembly.
“The varsity would be established in Bhubaneswar for furthering the advancement of learning and prosecution of research in Odia at the Post Graduate level on different areas of Odia literature, Odia language, linguistics, comparative literature, Odia criticism. Antique, ancient record, evolution of Odia language scripts, history scripts, tribal language study, regional language study, epigraphy, archaeology and museology and translation into and from Odia,” said Higher Education Department Secretary G V V Sarma.