Kolkata: West Bengal government on Friday accorded second language status to Urdu specially in those
areas where over 10 per cent of population as per 2001 and
2010 census speaks the language.
This is for the first time in the state that Urdu
language has been given official recognition as second
language, state`s Commerce and Industries minister Partha
Chatterjee said after a Cabinet meeting.
State`s Municipal Affairs Minister Fihad Hakim
said the decision taken at the state cabinet today fulfilled a
longstanding demand by the Urdu-speaking people in the state.
He said that the step was also in consonance with the
promise made earlier by Mamata Banerjee after she took over as
Chief Minister in May last year.
Hakim also greeted Urdu-speaking people and said that
they would benefit by the government`s decision.
Altogether 18 areas, including Goalpokhar I and II
blocks, Islalmpur block, Kolkata Municipal Corporation,
Islampur Municipality, Garulia Municipality, Titagarh
Municipality, Kamarhati Municipality, Bhatpara Municipality,
Champdani Municipality, Bansberia Municipality, Bhadreswar
Municipality, Rishra Municipality, Asansol Municipal
Corporation, Jamuria Municipality, Raniganj Municipality,
Kulti Municipality and Bally Municipality areas had been
identified as having 10 per cent or close to it Urdu-speaking
population, he said.