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 Agartala | March 2, 2019

After Tripura witnessed controversy over BJP’s MLA Ramapada Jamatia statement in the fourth day of the Assembly session wherein he countered IPFT MLA Brisaketu Debbarma statement demanding Roman script for Kokborok language, state education minster Ratan Lal Nath said on Thursday that a committee would be formed to determine script for Kokborok language.

During his discussion in response to a Calling Attention Notice moved by MLA Atul Debbarma on the introduction of post-graduate programmes on Kokborok in Maharaja Bir Bikram (MBB) University, the education minister said his government is working to change Recruitment Rules for Assistant Professor in Kokborok language before inviting applications for the post in MBB University.

While discussing the motion, ruling IPFT MLA Brishaketu Debbarma said 75 per cent Kokborok speakers use Roman script for writing the language and advocated to adopt Roman script for the subject.

However, ruling BJP MLA Rampada Jamatia opposed him and said only 15 percent people speaking Kokborok were found to use Roman script. Putting an end to the debate, education minister Ratan Lal Nath said a committee would be formed to enquire into the issue. The committee is likely to be formed before the next Assembly session, he added.

Earlier in November last year, Nath said his government wanted to hold ‘open discussion’ on the Kokborok script controversy since it is a sensitive issue. Opinions of all sections of people would be taken before solving the script impasse as three groups have been pressing for introducing Roman, Devanagari and Bengali script for Kokborok language.

With inputs from Indian Express

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