ସୁଭାଷ ଚନ୍ଦ୍ର ପଟ୍ଟନାୟକ
ତଥାପି ଆଶା ବିରୁଦ୍ଧରେ ଆଶା ନେଇ ମୁଁ ମୁଖ୍ୟମନ୍ତ୍ରୀ ନବୀନ ପଟ୍ଟନାୟକଙ୍କୁ ୨୯.୬.୨୦୧୮ରେ ଏକ ଚିଠି ପଠାଇ ଜଣାଇଲି କି, ରାଜ୍ୟପାଳ ମଞ୍ଜୁର କରିଥିଲେ ମଧ୍ୟ ଓଡ଼ିଶା ସରକାରୀ ଭାଷା (ସଂଶୋଧନ) ବିଧାନ, ୨୦୧୮ ଏକ ସମ୍ପୂର୍ଣତଃ ଭୁଲ ବିଧାନ ଓ ଏହା ବିଲୁପ୍ତ କରାଯାଇ ମୁଁ ତାଙ୍କୁ ପୂର୍ବରୁ ଦେଇଥିବା ପ୍ରସ୍ତାବ ଅନୁସାରେ ନୂଆ ଧାରା ଦ୍ଵାରା ଭାଷା ଆଇନକୁ ସଶକ୍ତୀକୃତ କରାଯାଉ ।
ମୁଁ ଏହି ଚିଠିରେ ତାଙ୍କୁ ଏହି ଅବୈଧ ବିଧାନ ପ୍ରଣୟନ ପାଇଁ କିପରି କ୍ୟାବିନେଟ ସ୍କାମ୍ ସଂଘଟିତ କରାଯାଇଛି ଓ ୧୪.୩.୨୦୧୮ ତାରିଖରେ ମନ୍ତ୍ରୀମଣ୍ଡଳ ଗ୍ରହଣ କରିଥିବା ସଠିକ ନିଷ୍ପତ୍ତି ପରିବର୍ତ୍ତେ ୨୬.୧୨.୨୦୧୭ର ବେଠିକ ପ୍ରସ୍ତାବ ଭିତ୍ତିରେ ସଂଶୋଧନ ବିଧେୟକ ପ୍ରସ୍ତୁତ କରାଯାଇଛି ଓ ସେହି ପ୍ରସ୍ତାବକୁ ମଧ୍ୟ ଆଇନ ଉଲ୍ଲଙ୍ଘନକାରୀକୁ ସୁହାଇଲା ପରି ଅଦଳବଦଳ (tampering) କରାଯାଇଛି , ତହିଁର ସବିଶେଷ ବିବରଣୀ ଦେଇ, ସେ ନିଜେ ଯଦି ଏହି ଭୁଲ ଭିଆଇ ନଥିବେ ତେବେ କେଉଁ ପଦାଧିକାରୀ ସେପରି କରି ଓଡ଼ିଶା ସରକାରୀ ଭାଷା ଆଇନର ଶିରଛେଦ କରିଛନ୍ତି ତାହା ତଦନ୍ତ କରି ଠାବ କରନ୍ତୁ ଓ ତାଙ୍କ ବିରୁଦ୍ଧରେ ଉପଯୁକ୍ତ କାର୍ଯ୍ୟାନୁଷ୍ଠାନ କରି ସେହି ପ୍ରମାଦପୂର୍ଣ ସଂଶୋଧନକୁ ପୁନଃ ସଂଶୋଧିତ କରିବାକୁ ତୁରନ୍ତ ପଦକ୍ଷେପ ନିଅନ୍ତୁ ବୋଲି ଅନୁରୋଧ କରିଥିଲି । ନିମ୍ନରେ ତାହା ଉଦ୍ଧୃତ୍ତ ହେଲା –
Orissa official Language (Amendment) Act, 2018
Subhas Chandra Pattanayak
Fri, Jun 29, 2018, 1:47 PM
The Hon’ble Chief Minister, Orissa,
Sub: Orissa Official Language Act violated through Amendment, 2018 : Request for re-amendment to do away with the defects and for action against the Officer(s) responsible for rendering even the Hon’ble Chief Minister inconsequential
Ref: Cabinet Resolution Dated 14.3.2018 read with the CMO letter No. 773/CM dt.19.5.2017 and Resolution No.18715/G.A. dt.31.7.2015
With a heavy heart, I am writing you to say that, your noble intention to remove all defects from the Orissa Official Language Act, 1954 in order to make it flawlessly functional has been derailed by mischievous brains in bureaucracy and resultantly, its amendment passed by the Assembly and assented to by the Governor, has become a more notorious instrument to destroy the original purpose of the Act , while rendering you absolutely inconsequential in the matter of the Resolution of the Cabinet you had presided over on March 14, 2018.
In looking back to the chain of events, I may state that, against the backdrop of ‘Fast oto Death’ by famous language activist Gajanan Mishra in July 2015, the new phase of official action on working of the Official Language Act commenced with creation of a Ministerial Committee by you under the Resolution referred to above, to find out how the Act could be implemented.
You were kind enough to nominate me as a member to the said Committee and in that capacity, I had conducted a deep research into why the Act, being de jure in force since 1954, was de facto defunct and found out the following defects:
1. The Government was not empowered in the Act to frame Rules to implement the Act; and
2. (2) There was no provision of punishment against contravention of the Act.
Accordingly, I had given my advice on 3.9.2015 with draft outlines of two legislations – one, for empowering the Government to frame the Rules and the other, for provision of punishment against nonuse of Oriya as official language.
For the first time the Government could know the above two inherent defects in the Act from my communication and you were kind enough to inform the Assembly on 14.12.2015 that necessary amendment of the Act was on the anvil.
From the notes in the concerned file it transpires that, the then officer-in-charge of the aforesaid Ministerial Committee Sri G.V.V.Sharma had objected to the proposal for punishment and the file was then thus strangulated that the Committee went into oblivion.
There was no other way for us than starting a movement in the name of Bhasha Andolan and commencing a campaign known as Black-Flag-Campaign for propounding the cause.
After 39 days of this campaign, on 21.5.2016, you were kind enough to get apprised of the serious situation and appreciating the extraordinary urgency the campaign had generated for official action, you promulgated an Ordinance of Amendment to the Act that implemented my advice and empowered the Government to frame Rules to drive the Act ahead. We had postponed the Black-Flag-Campaign till August 15th, 2016, as, to our comprehension, which official indication to the Press had generated, all obstacles to implementation of the Act were to have been removed by then.
Bureaucracy foiled your noble attempt by producing a stillborn set of Rules that was so ineffectual and illcocieved that, even the Government did not prefer to apprise the Assembly of it, when the Ordinance was laid as a Bill.
As our Black Flag Campaign continued, you were kind enough to discuss the matter with us vide communication dated 19.5.2017 under reference. We appraised you of the lacunae in the Law and gave you a fresh memorandum detailing why and how the amendment, 2016 should be further amended. A draft of the proposed amendment was submitted to you on that occasion.
After lapse of a period of six months, you held a Cabinet meeting at Puri on 26.12.2017 that almost agreed with our demand and decided to provide for suitable punishment to whosoever employee and Department fail to impart service in Oriya Language. We objected to that in view of the fact that, (1) there was an attempt to reduce the scope of the Act by shrewd coinage of words like “extensive use”, (2) Departments being run with people’s money, the contemplated punishment to ‘Department’ would lead to punishing the people for offences of the employees. And, the Black-Flag Campaign continued.
The State Cabinet met again under your Presidentship on 14.3.2018. It superseded the defective Resolution dated 26.12.2017 on the Act and almost entirely agreeing to our demand, it made it clear that for nonworking in Oriya, only the erring employee and official will be punished, not the Department. In complete acceptance of our argument it resolved, “as there is no provision for imposing penalty against the Officers and employees who are violating the provisions of the notifications under the Act, Government have decided to bring the amendment immediately providing penalties for such erring Officers and employees…so that they will implement the provisions of the notification in its letter and spirit” (Para 2 and 3 of the Press Note of the GA & PG Department, dated 14.3.2018).
But, Sir, your above noble decision has been rendered inconsequential in the amendment drafted by bureaucracy and adopted by the Assembly, as detailed below:
Firstly, the Statement of Object and Reasons of the Amendment do not carry the Reasons spelt out in the above quoted resolution of the Cabinet meeting presided over by you on 14.3.2018. It is based on the superseded resolution of 26.12.2017, completely suppressing the resolution dated 14.3.2018.
Secondly, while illegally using the superseded resolution dated 26. 12. 2017, the officer concerned has also tampered with the said resolution. When, even that Resolution had laid down that for nonuse of Oriya the Department AND the employees will be suitably punished, the amendment, claiming to have been based on that resolution provides for punishment to employees OR Department, which is blatantly unauthorised and illegal.
Thirdly, the scope of the Act originally covering the whole of Orissa and all and every Office in the State of Orissa, the amendment has reduced this scope to “extensive use of Oriya Language”, which clearly means that the Act will not be used in whole of Orissa and in all and every office in the State. No amendment can kill the basic purpose of the Act.
Thus Sir, your intention to amend the Act to make it flawless for implementation of the Act “in its letter and spirit” has been brutally done away with by the mandarins while drafting the amendment.
These gross mistakes were overlooked by the Minister Mr. Arukh who moved the Bill in your absence and who just read out the reply to the debate as obviously prepared by the scheming mandarin that had drafted the amendment with a deliberate design against the people of Orissa.
On behalf of Bhasha Andolan, which has been spearheading the movement for inviolable implementation of the Act, I had brought these defects to the notice of the Governor with a request for returning the Bill for reconsideration of the Assembly to make the Law flawless. But, the anti-Oriya mentality of the bureaucracy is such that, the said memorandum was not put up properly before the Governor.
With these words, Sir, I request you on behalf of Bhasha Andolan and the people of Orissa, to please review the entire matter and take suitable and exemplary action against the Secretary concerned, who has rendered the Chief Minister of the State absolutely inconsequential in matter of amendment of the Act as per Resolution of the Cabinet on 14.3.2018;
And, to please ensure that the Amendment, 2018 is put afresh before the Assembly in its coming session for amendment thereon or for fresh amendment of the Act to do away with the defects enumerated and detailed supra.
With this hope and deep regards,
Subhas Chandra Pattanayak,
Bhasha Andolan, Orissa.
ମୁଖ୍ୟମନ୍ତ୍ରୀଙ୍କଠାରୁ ମୁଁ ତ କିଛି ଉତ୍ତର ପାଇଲି ନାହିଁ , କିନ୍ତୁ ତାଙ୍କ ଅର୍ଥମନ୍ତ୍ରୀ ମୋର ଦୁଇ ଘନିଷ୍ଠତମ ସହକର୍ମୀ – ପବିତ୍ର ମହାରଥା ଓ ପ୍ରଦ୍ୟୁମ୍ନ ଶତପଥୀଙ୍କୁ ପ୍ରୟୋଗ କରି ଭାଷା ଆନ୍ଦୋଳନକୁ ଭାଙ୍ଗିଦେବାକୁ ଷଡ଼ଯନ୍ତ୍ର ଚୂଡ଼ାନ୍ତ କଲେ । (କ୍ରମଶଃ)