The government is considering inclusion of Bhojpuri and Rajasthani languages in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution and the step is likely to be approved in the Budget Session of Parliament.
Responding to a calling attention motion moved by Prabhunath Singh (JD-U), Minister of State for Home Sriprakash Jaiswal stated this in the Lok Sabha on Monday. He observed that Bhojpuri and Rajasthani were both rich languages spoken by crores of people in India and outside.
Singh stated that 18 crore people in the country and six crore abroad in 17 countries, like Mauritius, Surinam, Uganda, Nepal and Maldives, spoke Bhojpuri and it had every right to be included in the Constitution.
Jaiswal told the House that government had been receiving demands for including various languages in the Eighth Schedule over the last many years. Since no parameters had been laid down for inclusion of more languages, a high-powered body was set up in 1996 for the purpose.
In its report, the committee recommended in 1998 that one official language of a state may be included in the Eighth Schedule.