Dilip Kumar

Khordha: With Odisha marking the 85th year of its formation as an independent State on Thursday, the district administration of Khordha announced to make Odia language mandatory on all signboards at all commercial establishments and shops from today.

It was decided at a preparatory meeting for Utkal Divas. "We have decided to make the Odia language mandatory on signboards of all shops and business establishments across the district. We will make people aware of the administrative decision and pursue them to adhere to the rules. All government officials have also been asked to make signboards of their respective offices in Odia language," Khordha Collector Sanat Mohanty said.

The violators will be taken to task as per law, he added.

The fresh move of the district administration has been welcomed by personalities from various sections.

Khordha Utkal Sammilani, meanwhile, demanded punishment for those who violate the government order.

"The government order has been confined in only announcement. The government officers only make declarations, but don't translate it into action. Punishment should be awarded to the violators," said Khordha Utkal Sammilani secretary Bichitra Badjena.

In March 2018, the Odisha cabinet had decided to make Odia language mandatory on signboards of all shops and commercial establishments.