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- On Monday, the Odisha state cabinet gave an approval to a proposal which recommended the inclusion of the Kui language in the 8th schedule of the Constitution of India.
- The cabinet is of opinion that the inclusion of language to 8th schedule will not have any financial implications.
- There are around 46 languages are which are spoken by tribal population in Odisha.
- Kui language, a vernacular tribal language, is one of them.
- It is also referred to as Kandh, Khondi, Kanda, Kodu, Kuinga
- It is a South-Eastern Dravidian language mainly spoken by the Kandhas or Kondhs
- It is mostly spoken in the hilly and forested areas of Odisha for instance –
- South and central Odisha which are Phulbani (Kondhamal), Boudh, Koraput, Kalahandi, Rayagada, Nayagarh, Ganjam, Gajapati, Nabarangpur, Sonepur, Angul and Dhenkanal district.
- Closely related to the Gondi and Kuvi languages, Kui language is written in the Odia script.
- The language has approximately 1 million speakers, 9,41,488 to be precise, as per census of India.
- According to information available on UNESCO site, the Koi language status situation is potentially vulnerable.
Significance of inclusion in 8th schedule
- As per cabinet committee, more than 7 lakh people of Kandh tribe of Odisha will be benefitted from this decision.
- The inclusion of Kui language in 8th schedule will help in the preservation, promotion and propagation of this language and associated culture.
- The recognition of this language will get a thrust hence the publication and content creation will be facilitated by this move.
- An eco-system to assist and enable research and studies of the Kui language will also be created.
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8th Schedule of the Indian Constitution
Consider the following statements about Kui Language:
1. This is a tribal language spoken by the Kondh tribe of Odisha.
2. It is a South-Western Dravidian language which is not a part of 8th schedule of the constitution yet.
Which of the statements given above is/are incorrect?
A. 1 only
B. 2 only
C. Both 1 and 2
D. Neither 1 nor 2