The Assam Legislative Assembly on Wednesday passed a bill to accord Bodo the status of an associate official language of the state. The bill was tabled in the assembly on Monday.

Parliamentary affairs minister Chandra Mohan Patowary tabled the Assam Official Language (Amendment) Bill, 2020 on the floor of the Assembly on behalf of chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who also holds the home and political department.

“Proposed amendment will allow Bodo language in Devanagri script as an associate official language for all or any of the official purposes of the state of Assam,” Sonowal said in ‘statement of objects & reasons’ of the Bill legislation.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the state cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.

In October, the state government had announced its decision to bring in an ordinance to accord Bodo the status of associate official language.