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DKA to form separate front

15 Oct 2013 12:00am IST
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15 Oct 2013 12:00am IST

PANJIM: Dalgado Konknni Akademi resolved to constitute a separate front to deliberate on the issue of demanding legitimate and rightful place for Konknni in Romi script in the Official Language Act, at a specially convened meeting.

 
PANJIM: Dalgado Konknni Akademi resolved to constitute a separate front to deliberate on the issue of demanding legitimate and rightful place for Konknni in Romi script in the Official Language Act, at a specially convened meeting. 
Jose Salvador Fernandes, secretary, Dalgado Konknni Akademi said, “It was also resolved to call upon all the legislators and impress upon about the need to include Romi script in the Official Language Act. It was also decided to submit a memorandum to the committee formed by the government to find a suitable solution to the issue of medium of instruction in the primary schools stressing thereby the need to give option of studying Konknni in Romi script in primary education.”
Premanand Lotlikar, DKA president ssaid, “We have decided to send a memo to all MLAs and meet them to explain our stand that Romi script should be included in the Official Language Act.
Also we are sending a memo to the MoI committee that primary education should be done in Konknni. He also said there should be an option – either in Romi or in Devanagri.”
“Marathi already has its rightful place,” he said adding that DKA was not supporting Marathi as official language and that Marathi is being used in such a large place ~ Maharashtra ~ and that it has all the facilities.
“We are asking to act saying that Konknni in Romi should be officially there,” he said. 
Pratap Naik, long time Konkani scholar said, “Our one point agenda is for Konknni in Romi script to be the official language. I am not going to oppose Marathi. I am okay with it.” 
“There are two languages here: Hindus community (majority) wants Marathi while Catholics want Romi Konknni,” he says adding that besides a few, nobody wants Devanagri and it should be kept out of this. 
He argued that, “we (Romi users) have suffered because of the script and even government jobs are out of bounds.”   
He also argued that “Parrikar (referring to chief minister Manohar Parrikar) had promised us that he would do it.”
 
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