Chief Minister Conrad Sangma has said that the state government will consider the suggestion made by the Koch community to introduce their language in schools of Meghalaya.
The Meghalaya Koch Association had suggested replacement of Assamese or Bengali with the Koch language during the 54th annual conference at Jatrakona in South Garo Hills today.
While welcoming the suggestion Sangma said, “Even the New Education Policy accords due importance to the recognition and promotion of local languages, keeping in view India’s rich linguistic traditions.” He assured the Koch Association of help so that the matter will reach to its logical conclusion.
He lauded the efforts of the leaders and members of the association who for the last 54 years have been organising the conference. “This is a reflection of your love and commitment for your community,” he said and encouraged this be carried forward as the conference besides being central to protecting the Koch identity will provide an irrefutable connection to the past social values, beliefs, customs and traditions that will deepen the sense of unity, belonging and national pride.
He also said that the conference besides showcasing the past of the Koch community will also encourage cross-cultural education to foster understanding and appreciation of different cultures of the State. He further assured support of the government to establish cultural centres to conserve and develop values.
Also present were Salmanpara MLA Ian Botham K Sangma, Baghmara MLA Kartush R Marak, Chokpot MLA, Sengchim N Sangma besides MDCs from the area.