Chief minister Oommen Chandy on Friday termed as 'most unfortunate' Kendra Sahitya Academy's report that Malayalam is not qualified enough to be conferred classical language status and said government would make all out efforts to get it.
"The Kendra Sahitya Academy's sub-committee report that Malayalam is not qualified enough to be conferred classical language status. Government will make all out efforts to see the language gets the status," he said, inaugurating the 56 anniversary celebrations of Kerala Sahitya Academy in Thrissur on Friday.
Chandy said it is a consolation that the report had not yet been approved by the Central Government.
He said the sub-committee had not sought opinions of the state or Kerala Sahitya Academy and other appropriate organisations working for promotion and development of Malayalam language and literature.
Later the chief minister presented the Sahitya Academy's fellowships to noted writers T Padmandbhan and P Sachidanandan, alias Anand.
Cultural affairs minister KC Jospeh presented the Sahitya Academy's puraskars to noted writers Dr Chathanath Achuthanunny, Prof PT Chacko, KB Sreedevi and Joseph Vytilla for their contributions to the growth and development of Malayalam language and literature.
Later speaking at another function at a higher secondary school, he said education is the most important factor in the world and urged students to work hard to attain success in life.