The Delhi Government has given a green signal to set up the first state-funded academy for Garhwali, Kumaoni and Jaunsari languages. This is going to be the country’s first state-funded academy for these languages as even the home state ‘Uttarakhand’ does not have any such academy. The three languages – Garhwali, Kumaoni and Jaunsari are extremely rich and need to be preserved and promoted as they form the heritage of the hilly state. The step may be considered as a beginning and may inspire the Uttarakhand government to start such initiative in their own state too. The process of setting up the academy will take at least six months to complete.
The Delhi government will now scout for a noted literary personality adept at the languages for the post of vice-chairman of the academy while a bureaucrat will have to be appointed as the secretary of the academy. An annual sanction of Rs 1 crore to Rs 2 crore is made for the various language academies and now the Delhi government would announce a similar allocation for this academy in the next budget. The language academies aim to conserve and promote dying languages and dialects. They identify writers and poets and promote and publish their works. The academies also function as a melting pot for their diaspora.
After the success of the wooing Poorvanchali diaspora in the capital, the Aam Aadmi Party has taken the initiative to focus on the Uttaranchali literati. There have been long pending demands to start an academy for these three languages of Uttaranchal (Uttarakhand) and the demand is very much justified, for Delhi has a dominant Uttaranchali population. It has been an aim to promote languages and culture and with a dominant population from Uttaranchal in Delhi, only an initiative to put this in place was required.