Patna: Bihar will celebrate the birth anniversary of former state Assembly Speaker and author Ghulam Sarvar's birth anniversary on January 11 as Urdu Day every year.
Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi announced this on Sunday while attending a function to mark the birth anniversary of Sarvar in the state capital.
"Urdu is the second state language of Bihar and we cannot forget Sarvar's contribution to it. His birth anniversary will be celebrated as Urdu Day every year. He was a symbol of Urdu language and communal harmony. We will make all efforts to use the language at all levels as the second language," Manjhi said at the function.
He said, "20 to 25 per cent words used by us daily are from Urdu language and it, along with Hindi, played a big role in communication during the Freedom Struggle."
"The state government will appoint Urdu teachers in all primary schools to provide impetus to the language and make it a language of common people. We will direct the education department to ensure Urdu teaching in schools where it is not available," Manjhi said.
The Chief Minister said the state government would make efforts to appoint those Urdu teachers who have passed the Teacher's Eligibility Test (TET).
"Positions are vacant and we are facing some financial problems. But, we will not allow it to hamper the appointment of Urdu teachers. We want the number of Urdu students to increase," Manhi added.
Many MLAs including Akhtarul Islam, Abdul Gaffur and Izhar Ahmad were present at the function where several Urdu journalists were awarded.