Kerala turns 66: President's assent still awaited for Malayalam Language Bill


Prakashan Puthiyotti

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New Delhi: It was in 2015 that Kerala Assembly passed Malayalam Language (Extension and Promotion) Bill to make Malayalam the official language to be used for all official purposes in the state.

By February 23, 2016 the union government received the bill. The government has been sitting on the matter since then and in 2021 it maintained that the bill will be sent for President’s assent after deliberation on the matter.

However, the bill is yet to reach the President.

According to the information furnished by union government to an RTI query, Kerala has not yet responded to the explanation sought over nodal ministry’s directions in February 24.

Meanwhile, Kerala government reacted to this RTI response by sending a letter to the union government. The letter mentioned that the bill cannot be withheld and urged the union government to send the bill for President’s assent.

The state government cited Article 201 in The Constitution Of India which outlines protocol on bill sent by Governor to the President. It may be noted that the Bill was sent by Governor P Sathasivam who was in office till 2019.

Last year too, Mathrubhumi had reported about the bill lying in cold storage with union government. The state’s long pending dream has not turned a reality even as it celebrates its 66th formation day.


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