Odisha Governor Dr SC Jamir has promulgated Odisha Official Language (Amendment) Ordinance, 2016 to ensure use of Odia in all government systems.
The ordinance was promulgated as per provisions of the Article 213 of the Constitution.
It empowers the state government to formulate laws to implement Odisha Official Language Act, 1954.
It will amend the Language Act and use Odia in the official businesses of the Government including in writing files, letters and all other official documents.
Constitutional provision of Official Language
Article 345 of the Constitution deals with Official language or languages of a state which empowers state legislature to adopt ‘any one or more of the languages in use in the State or Hindi as the language or languages to be used for all or any of the official purposes’ of the concerned State.