Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on August 8 informed the Nagaland Assembly that four Naga local dialects were approved and 18 local dialects were approved up to elementary school level as a subject.
Replying to a starred question asked by MLA Chotisuh Sazo on the number of local (Naga) language approved for taking up in the school up to class X and above, on tribal literature board seeking government approval for their languages to be taken up in the secondary school level, Rio said there are 13 dialects such as Chang, Chokri (Chakhesang), Khezha (Chakhesang), Pochury, Sangtam, Yimchunger, Khiamniungan, Phom, Konyak, Rengma, Zeme (Zeliang), Liangmai (Zeliang) and Kuki.
He also said that the government is setting up an Institute of Naga languages (within the Directorate of School Education) to look into such aspects. However, a definite time frame cannot be made at this juncture, he added.
Replying to a supplementary question raised by MLA Kuzholuzo Nienu on how much funds are being provided by the Centre for promotion of tribal language and research, advisor school education, KT Sukhalu said no fund is provided by the Union government for promotion of tribal language and research. On inclusion of tribal languages yet to be included, the leader of the house, Neiphiu Rio assured that those languages which are yet to be included will be studied and included, he stated.