Official status sought for Maithili in Province 2

Rajbiraj, December 25

The 15th International Maithili Conference has concluded in Rajbiraj, issuing the Rajbiraj Declaration containing a 13-point demand which includes making Maithili the language of official use in Province 2.

The declaration was launched at a press conference organised here today by the Conference Organising Main Committee.

Maithili should be used as the language of official work in the new structure to be formed now as Maithili is the language spoken by a majority of the population in Province 2, reads the Rajbiraj Declaration. Likewise, the conference has suggested naming Province 2 as Mithila Province. The declaration also calls for declaring the region from Jhapa to Birgunj ‘Mithila Tourism Zone’ by preserving and promoting the places of cultural, archaeological and historical importance in the region.

Likewise, the declaration calls for tax exemption for big and small screen films made in Maithili language, providing government subsidies for promoting the producing Maithili language movies and for strengthening the Maithili language media of mass communication.

It also calls for digital archiving of Mithila folklore and developing the places of origin of Mithila legendary heroes as tourism sites from the government level. Among the demands contained in the declaration are making Maithili a compulsory subject at the basic and higher education levels in Province 1 and Province 2 and the need for taking initiatives at the government level for the promotion and protection of Maithili literature, culture and tradition.


  • Maithili conference begins