A resolution for the formation of Joint Parliamentary
Committee was adopted unanimously today by the Maharashtra Legislative Council
for development of Marathi language.
The resolution was unanimously passed by the Council and was
tabled by Maharashtra Education and Culture minister Vinod Tawde.
The committee was formed earlier on December 20, 2011, but
it was not fully functional, the minister said.
He said that after
that election were announced and thus, the committee was dissolved.
Tawde added that there will be 15 members in the committee
which consists of 11 MLA's and 4 members from the council who will look after
the use of Marathi language in all government and semi-government offices.
A 'Marathi Bhasha (language) Committee' will come into
existence shortly, following the resolution.
In most of the schools of Maharashtra, instruction is mainly
in Marathi, Hindi or English. Sometimes, Urdu is also used.
About Marathi Language
Marathi is the official language of the states of
Maharashtra and Goa. It also has a number of speakers outside the country. With
close to 73 million native speakers, Marathi stands as one of the 20 most
spoken languages across the world. It is also the fourth most spoken language
in India. It also finds a place in the eight schedule of the Indian
constitution, making it one of the 23 official languages in the country. The
language comes from the Indo-Aryan family of languages and boasts of one of the
oldest literatures in the family. The language also holds the co-official
status in the union territories of Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman &
The bulk of the variation within these dialects is
primarily lexical and phonological (e.g. accent placement and pronunciation).
The majority of Marathi loan words come from Urdu, Persian, and Arabic.(other
than Sanksrit of course). Additionally, Marathi preserves the neuter
gender found in Sanskrit, a feature further distinguishing it from many