The percentage of Urdu speaking people has increased to 12.69% of the total population in the Telangana state.
HYDERABAD: Telangana assembly has passed a bill, yesterday making the Urdu language as a second official language of Telangana state.
The state has a large Urdu-speaking people spread over all the 31 districts.
The Telangana Official Languages (Amendment) Bill, 2017 was approved by all political parties supporting it.
Urdu was professed as the second official language as per Telangana Official Languages Act, 1966, section 2 in 9 districts (of total 10), apart from Khammam, of the Telangana area before the bifurcation of undivided Andhra Pradesh state, as per the declaration of objects and motives of the bill.
After the formation of Telangana state in the year 2014, 10 districts were reorganized into 31 districts past year.
The percentage of the Urdu-speaking populace has enlarged to 12.69 of the total population in the state, the statement stated.
“In view of the above, the Government have thought to declare the Urdu language as the Second Official Language in the complete state of Telangana by aptly amending section 2 of the Telangana Official Languages Act, 1966. This flier seeks to give consequence to this decision,” it stated.
Addressing the bill, MIM floor leader Akbaruddin Owaisi stated that justice was not done to Urdu previously and evoked the efforts of his dad, late MIM leader Salahuddin Owaisi, and others for “security and conservation” of the language.
Chief opposition Congress member T Jeevan Reddy greeted the bill but pointed out assured issues concerning the Urdu Academy and others which were disputed by Deputy Chief Minister Mahmood Ali and Legislative Affairs Minister Harish Rao.
BJP floor lead G Kishan Reddy said Urdu was made the 2nd official language in nine districts of the Telangana state in 1966 itself.
Harish Rao stated the opposition was trying to say that there is something new in the bill, but the complete state is taken as an entity now.
Telangana state is the first to make Urdu as the second official language as Delhi gave that position to Urdu along with Punjabi, he appealed.
Kishan Reddy purported that Telugu itself is not instigated effectively in government offices and formations though it is the first official language.
Stating that states like Tamil Nadu and Kerala have taken effective steps for promotion of their individual official language, the BJP legislator stated the government should take certain measures like issuing its official orders in Telugu.
Perceiving that children of the present generation be short of good knowledge of Telugu as English got the prominence, he stressed the necessity to promote the official language.
T Nageswara Rao, State Roads, and Buildings Minister who moved the bill stated Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu esteemed the state government for making Telugu an essential subject in schools.
More phases for the promotion of Telugu are in the offing, he stated.
TDP member S Venkata Veeraiah also sustained the bill.