JAMMU: Reaffirming the Governments resolve to promote Gojri language, the Minister for Forests and Environment, Mian Altaf has said that initiatives taken at Government level will provide budding writers, poets and artists of Gojri language an opportunity to contribute towards the development of this ancient language.
The Minister was speaking at the inaugural function of 2-day Gojri Literary and Cultural Meet, held here at K L Sehgal hall.
Minister for Housing and Culture, Mr. Raman Bhalla, Secretary J&K Academy of Art Culture and Languages, Khalid Bashir, besides a galaxy of Gojri writers and poets were present on the occasion.
Appreciating the efforts of the Academy, Mian Altaf said that such gatherings provide a platform to the writers and poets to discuss and recommend the measure needed to be taken for promotion of this ancient language.
Schedule Tribe status granted to Gujjar and Bakerwall communities has increased their reservation share in Govt jobs and in other spheres, said the minister and asked participants to seek their reservation rights. He asked them to thoroughly discuss the measures required to be taken at Government level for promotion of Gojri language and come up with the recommendations so that requisite steps are taken in this regard.
Efforts are on to get Gojri language included in 8th schedule of Indian constitution said the Minister, assuring that he will take up the demand at proper forums for early fulfillment. He said Gujjar and Bakerwal people form an important section of state population and asked participants to come forward and play their role in the best interest of both the communities. He also assured that the matter regarding opening of Gojri department in University of Jammu will be taken up with the Varsity authorities.
Dr. Javaid Rahi, Chief Editor, while presenting report on work of Gojri section stated that during last two years the section has published as many as 70 books, including some special numbers of Sheeraza Gojri and Maharo Adab. He said the Gojri section of the Academy was working on a high profile Translation project under which 30 books originally written in Persian, Sanskrit, English Urdu, Kashmiri and other languages have been translated in Gojri language. We have preserved the Folk-treasure of Gojri by publishing 22 volumes of Gojri Folk-Songs and 30 volumes of Folk-Tales , he added.
Earlier, nine latest Gojri Books published by Academy were released on the occasion.
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