Bhubaneswar: The state government Tuesday asked Collectors of all districts to ensure use of Odia name-plates and signage at all government offices, buildings and schools within two months.
A direction to this effect was issued by Development Commissioner-cum-ACS R Balakrishnan during his video-conference with the collectors from secretariat here Tuesday evening.
The development commissioner asked the local authorities to encourage commercial and business establishments to use Odia signage voluntarily. For this the collectors were asked focus less on provision of punishment and more on promoting use of Odia name-plates and sign boards as a public movement.
They were also advised to hold talks with associations of business and commercial establishments, chamber of commerce and other associations for wider use of Odia display boards.
The development commissioner further asked collectors to strictly adhere to the provisions of replying or providing information to an individual in Odia if the person has written a letter to the government in Odia. They were asked to organise book fairs in their districts.
The direction of the state government is believed to have come in the back-drop of backlash it faced for not implementing its cabinet decision taken in Puri last year for promotion of Odia language and literature.
In a special cabinet meeting held in Puri, the state government had decided to amend the Odisha Official Language Act, 1954 to ensure punishment for not using Oriya in official work.