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Ramakanta Biswas

Cuttack: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Friday stressed that the medium of instruction up to primary school should be in the mother tongue or local language.

Attending the 600th birth anniversary event of Adikabi Sarala Das in Cuttack, Naidu referred to studies that have shown the advantages of mother tongue in early schooling.

He called for inculcating reading habits among children from a young age to strengthen their foundational literacy. He also suggested that the administration and the judiciary use the local language increasingly to effectively communicate with people.

On this occasion, Naidu complimented Biswa Bhushan Harchandan, Governor of Andhra Pradesh, for being conferred with the prestigious ‘Kalinga Ratna’. Earlier in the day, Naidu planted a sapling at the Raj Bhawan, Bhubaneswar.

“Kalinga Ratna award was conferred on Biswa Bhushan Harichandan during a literary function by Sarala Sahitya Sansad. Therefore, today is a significant day for our culture and language,” said Cuttack MP Bhartruhari Mahtab.

Ganeshi Lal, Governor of Odisha, and Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas among others were present on the occasion.

The VP is scheduled to attend the 50th convocation ceremony of Utkal University tomorrow.

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