Mangalore, Oct 30, 2014: The Jagotik Konkanni Songhotton (JKS) has scientific plans to impartially fix the strengths and weaknesses of Konkani language and culture. To this end initial steps to formulate the Language Plan for Konkani, is conducting the ’Hanv Konkani - Global Survey’.
Gurikar, Eric Ozario, Secretary General, JKS, stated the survey is to be conducted among Konkanis of every region, religion dialect and script, around the world. The initial launch was held in Goa last week, Eric said, adding that it will continue till January2015 covering all Konkani speaking regions. A comprehensive questionnaire will be circulated among Konkanis. The data collected will be scientifically analysed by the department of Statistics, Mangalore University and based on the findings, the "Konkani Language Plan" will be created for implementation at the local, regional, national and global levels - to ensure a rational and secure future for Konkani.
Louis J. Pinto, Treasurer, JKS observed that with the noble intention of taking Konkani forward and to make every Konkani person inclusive and the organisation/ institution to suitably direct all activities, energies and resources towards this goal, JKS is in the process of drafting the Konkani Language Plan. K. K. Utharan, Vice President (India), JKS, stated the process involves, assessing the strengths and weaknesses of Konkani language and culture; preparing the roadmap for Konkani’s progress and future (short-term and long-term plans) and implementation of this plan by every Konkani person and organisation, around the world.
Ravishankar Rao, Member, Steering Committee, said a first step was this Global Survey to be undertaken. The Global Conclave that assembled in August this year, has constituted a Steering Committee to guide and oversee this mammoth task - the Konkani Language Plan will also be the basis of the Konkani Language Policy that will be prepared and submitted to concerned governments for implementation.
Eric said there will be field workers in six regions namely Mumbai, Goa, Uttara Kannada, Dakshina Kannada and Udupi, Malnad area and Kerala. The field workers will attempt to reach the last Konkani irrespective of religion and dialect,’’ added Eric.
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