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Saturday, July 29, 2006

Deadline on Romi ends

The ultimatum served by the Tiatrist Academy to the government to amend the Goa Official Language Act granting equal status to Konkani in Roman script on par with Devanagri, ended today with no development on the front.
On July 24, Tiatrist Academy along with Dalgado Konkani Academy in the presence of two cabinet ministers Deputy Chief Minister Dr Wilfred de Souza and Mickky Pacheco and South Goa MP Churchill Alemao, had given a deadline of July 28 to pass an amendment bill or to face the consequences.
Friday being a private member’s day, there were indications that some MLA would move an amendment Bill to accord equal status for Roman script. But this didn’t happen.
July 31 is the last day of the on-going monsoon session of the Goa Assembly. It is not clear whether the government would introduce any amendment Bill on Monday.
Romi Konkani stalwart Tomazinho Cardozo expressed disappointment that the government has failed to give justice to Konkani in Roman script and warned that they would intensify the agitation. It would be repeat of the mega Kokani agitation of 1986, he said.
While the Roman script group says that it is high time, justice is done to Konkani in Roman script, the Devnagri Konkani group feels that amending the Act would divide the Goan society into Hindus and Catholics.

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