Constitution amended: Orissa is Odisha, Oriya is Odia
The Lok Sabha on Tuesday gave the final nod to a constitutional amendment for changing the name of Orissa to Odisha and the Oriya language to Odia.
The related bills, already given a go-ahead by the Rajya Sabha, were passed by the Lok Sabha after minor changes to the legislation.
The Orissa (Alteration of Name) Bill and the Constitution (113th) Amendment Bill were unanimously passed by the 301 members present in the house.
Minister of state for home Jitendra Singh tabled the bills, which had been passed by Lok Sabha in the November-December 2010 winter session. They were then sent to the Rajya Sabha for concurrence.
The upper house okayed the bills with some amendments during the budget session and returned it to the Lok Sabha for its nod to the changes.
Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar adjourned the house for the day immediately after the bills were passed.