ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT
The Directorate of Official Language was established by Government of Goa in the year 1997 with responsibilities to implement the Goa Daman & Diu Official Language Act 1987 and schemes for development of languages prevalent in the State. Considering the importance of regional languages, the State Legislative Assembly enacted the Goa Daman & Diu Official Language Act, 1987 on Feb.4, 1987, by which Konkani Language in Devnagri script was declared as the Official Language of the State of Goa. There is a provision under Section 3(1) to use Marathi language for all or any of the official purposes, while, under Section 4, English Language continues to be used in addition to the above languages.
Initially in 1987 an Official Language Cell was created under the control of General Administration Department, Secretariat to undertake the works of language development. In the year 1997, the Government established a separate Directorate of Official Language. However, a full time Director was appointed with separate budget head from the year 2004-05.
An Advisory Board for effective implementation of Official Language Act, 1987, under the chairmanship of Chief Minister/Official Language Minister and comprising eminent personalities in the field of language, literature, education and art, is functioning under the Directorate.
The Department has initiated steps to implement Official Language by writing noting and preparing minutes of the monthly office meeting in Konkani language, CL Forms, Muster Roll are written in Konkani.
Government has constituted a 'Committee to translate the Constitutional amendments made after 85th amendment, in diglot version (English - Konkani), through workshops, meetings and prepare the updated version of such amendments to the citizens of India.