What is the 96th Amendment to the Indian Constitution?

By Mandeep Kumar|Updated : September 8th, 2022

The 96th Amendment Act to the Indian constitution substituted "Odia" in the place of "Oriya". The act came into force on 23 September 2011. According to the act, the "Oriya" language in the Eighth Schedule should be pronounced "Odia". A total of 301 members voted for the Constitution Amendment Bill, changing the name from Orissa to 'Odisha' and the Oriya language will be known as 'Odia'.

96th Amendment Act of 2011

  • On 28 August 2008, the Orissa Assembly unanimously approved a resolution requesting that the Union government rectify the state's misspelled 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. 
  • 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.
  • The Legislative Assembly of Orissa passed a resolution in August 2008 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 authorized the Government of Orissa to bring the issue before the Government of India for change.
  • 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 according to the Constitution (One Hundred and Thirteenth Amendment) Bill."


What is the 96th amendment to the Indian Constitution?

The 96th Amendment Act of the Indian Constitution provided for the change in the spelling of Orissa to Odisha and 'Oriya' a language mentioned in the 8th schedule to be pronounced as 'Odia'. the Orissa Assembly unanimously approved a resolution on 28 August 2008 and requested the Union government to modify the state's misspelled name and language.


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