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WB accords second language status to Odia

Kolkata: The West Bengal government on Wednesday decided to accord second language status to Hindi, Gurmukhi, Santhali and Odia in areas where over 10 per cent of the population spoke them, in official work.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the state cabinet presided over by the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, state secretariat sources said. The state government has already accorded second language status to Urdu in areas where over 10 per cent of population as per 2001 and 2010 census spoke the language.

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