- a Union Cabinet approved a bill under which Kashmiri, Dogri and Hindi besides English and Urdu existing, will be the official languages in the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
- The bill received the approval of the cabinet at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
- Union Minister Jitendra Singh and Udhampur MP said the government has accepted the long pending demand of the region for the inclusion of Dogri, Hindi and Kashmir as official languages in J-K.
“It is not just a fulfillment of a public demand long pending in the region, but also in line with the spirit of equality that the beginning then dialed on 5 August last year (when provisions were repealed by section 370)”, He indicated.
- It was an anomaly that three languages - Dogri, Hindi and Kashmir – spoken by nearly 70 percent of the population of Jammu and Kashmir were not approved for use on official business, he has indicated.