What is the 96th Amendment to Indian Constitution?

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Updated on: November 9th, 2023

The 96th Amendment to the Indian Constitution changed the word “Odia” for “Oriya.” The law became effective on September 23, 2011. The Eighth Schedule’s “Oriya” language is to be pronounced “Odia” in accordance with the Act. The Constitution Amendment Bill, which will rename Orissa as “Odisha” and rename Oriya as “Odia,” received support from a total of 301 members.

96th Amendment to the Indian Constitution

On 28 August 2008, the Orissa Assembly unanimously approved a resolution requesting that the Union government rectify the state’s misspelt name and language in the first and eighth schedules of the Constitution. As a result of this amendment, the spelling of Orissa was changed to Odisha as a legislative act.

The language of Orissa was changed from Oriya to Odia in the 8th schedule of the Indian Constitution. Schedule 1 was modified. For instance, entry 10 in Schedule 1 was changed from Orissa to Odisha if Orissa became Odisha.

Facts about the 96th Amendment to the Constitution

  • Anywhere in the constitution where the word “Orissa” has been used, it has been susceptible to amendment (for example, Article 164).
  • An entry was modified in the fourth schedule.
  • In August 2008, the Orissa Legislative Assembly adopted a resolution that, among other things, called for changing the name of the language designated as “Oriya” in the English Schedule of the Constitution to Odia and revising the way the word “Odia” is translated into Hindi.
  • The resolution also gave the Orissan government the right to bring the problem before the Indian government for resolution.
  • The Constitution (One Hundred and Thirteenth Amendment) Bill, 2010, aims to rename the language included in the Indian Constitution’s English Schedule from “Oriya” to Odia.


What is the 96th Amendment to Indian Constitution?

The Indian Constitution’s 96th Amendment Act allowed for the spelling of Orissa to be changed to Odisha and the pronunciation of Oriya, a language mentioned in the 8th schedule, to be changed to Odia. On August 28, 2008, the Orissa Assembly passed a resolution asking the Union government to correct the state’s misspelled name and language.

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