Gangtok, Nov 2: Mobile companies should include Nepali language as an option in the key pads, demanded Bharatya Janta Party Sikkim unit General Secretary Mr Padam Sharma in a press conference. He further said that Nepali language has been included under eighth schedule of the constitution of India. He further mentioned that the said language was given constitutional status by 71st amendment Act 1992.
Nepali language is spoken by the people residing in the state of Sikkim, Darjeeling district in West Bengal and maximum people residing in the plains of Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal. It is also the mother tongue of a section of people residing in Dehradun in the state of Uttaranchal including people in some North Eastern states of this country, said Sharma. He further added that since the language is the medium of communication of a large section of people in this country, the Government of India included the language in the eight schedule of the constitution to pave way for easy communication among people and the people are thankful to the Government of India for this. However, he added, despite all of this there is no communication through SMS in Nepali language because the companies manufacturing the handsets have not included the language in their list of languages for SMS.
A memorandum has been sent to Ministry of Telecommunication, New Delhi and all mobile phone companies today. All Companies have to appoint Nepali translator because due to language problems Nepali community has been facing many problems as maximum people don’t understand English and Bengali languages. The phone companies themselves are presumably losing a large chunk of business due to this.
If companies failed to look into the matter seriously within one month, Sharma said that they will start a movement against the mobile companies. A reminder letter to this effect will be sent after 22 days. Mr. Sharma appealed other organisations to take initiative for promotion of Nepali on their own behalf.
(Courtesy: Sikkim Mail)