Besides one’s own mother tongue, knowing other languages helps develop experience in life. Under the able leadership of the Prime Minister, amendment in national education policy has opened up the opportunity to seek education in one’s own mother tongue, enunciated Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb after inaugurating the 44″ Kokborok Sal-2022 celebration programme organized jointly by the Directorate of Kokborok & Minority Languages and Tribal Research and Cultural Institute at Rabindra Bhawan today.
The Chief Minister and other dignitaries unveiled Kokborok Teacher’s Handbook, souvenir, magazine and other publication in the programme. This year’s theme of 44 Kokborok Sal-2022 is “Matribhashake Samman Janai”.
The Chief Minister in the programme said, paying respect to Kokborok language, the state government has decided to rename Gandacherra as Ganda Twisa and Atharamura as Hachuk Berem.
Through tourists visiting Dumboor and travellers entering the state on road. the two new names will effortlessly be known to the world. He hoped that the first ever released Teacher’s Handbook and other publications will play a vital role in education and in the promotion of Kokborok language. Financial package of 1300 crore rupees will play an important part in socio-economic development of the indigenous people of the state.
Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath in the programme said, mother tongue is equal to mother’s milk About eight communities in Tripura such as Debbarma, Tripura.
Reang, Jamatia, Noatia, Kalai etc speak Kokborok language, Even most of the Bengalis are habituated with Kokborok language. It is very disappointing if one’s own language is weak.
Taking note of that, the state government has emphasized upon promotion of different languages. Other language speaking persons are also doing research on Kokborok language. Two memorial awards are being awarded for contribution in Kokborok language and literature. Seeking education, job and income in Kokborok has become possible. Kokborok subject is being taught in 45 schools in the state from Class I to Class 8 on primary level. Secondary and Higher Secondary level Kokborok subject teaching schools have been increased. Kokborok has been given importance even in case of government recruitments,
Tribal Welfare Minister Mevar Kumar Jamatia in the programme said, Kokborok language is being spoken in Tripura as well as outside the country. About 15 to 20 lakh people speak in Kokborok.
The state government has taken up various initiatives for the development and promotion of Kokborok language. Recruitment of Kokborok Assistant Professors in 22 Degree Colleges is one ultimate example. Other dignitaries present in the programme were Chairman of Kokborok Advisory Committee and MLA Atul Debbarma, Director of Tribal Research & Cultural Institute Ananda Hari Jamatia, and Director of Kokborok & Other Minority Languages department Dasarath Debbarma,