NEW DELHI: From the beginning of monsoon session of Parliament which is from July 18, the members of the Rajya Sabha will be able to use any of the 22 Indian languages in the House that are listed in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution, Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said today.

Besides this, interpretation facility for five other languages including Dogri, Kashmiri, Konkani, Santhali and Sindhi have also been arranged by The Rajya Sabha Secretariat. In order to make these languages come in to play, Mr Naidu has organized interpreters for the same.

Apart from these 22 languages, a panel of interpreters have already been organized earlier by the Rajya Sabha regarding these 12 languages: Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu. And also for the following 5 languages Bodo, Maithili, Manipuri, Marathi and Nepali, interpreters of Lok Sabha are being deployed.

Regarding this Mr Naidu said that: “I have always felt that mother tongue is the natural medium to convey our feelings and thoughts without any retention. In a multilingual setting such as Parliament, members must not feel handicapped or inferior to others due to language constraints. That’s why I was keen to have simultaneous interpretation facility for all the 22 Scheduled languages. I am glad this is becoming a reality from the coming Monsoon Session,”.

As per our sources,  the Rajya Sabha Secretariat has made all the possible efforts regarding these 5 new languages that have been recently added in the house. On this, a government official said that special efforts have not only been made by the   Rajya Sabha Secretariat in order to recruit the required interpreters but some best possible efforts have also been made to provide the finalized interpreters with the top-notch training facilities for these five languages.

Various universities and missions of the states in New Delhi have been referred to and the help of the same has been taken by the government in context to the training facilities that will be provided to the interpreters for the newly added languages.