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Article 210 of The Indian Constitution: Language Used In State Legislature

Part 6 of the Indian Constitution dedicated to State Government, In this part, Chapter-III contains a provision about The State Legislature. In this chapter Article 208 to Article 212 is grouped for defining the general procedure of legislation. Where Article 210 Language to be used in the Legislature.

Article 210: Language to be used in the Legislature

210(1): Notwithstanding anything in Part XVII, but subject to the provisions of article 348, business in the Legislature of a State shall be transacted in the official language or languages of the State or in Hindi or in English:

Provided that the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly or Chairman of the Legislative Council, or person acting as such, as the case may be, may permit any member who cannot adequately express himself in any of the languages aforesaid to address the House in his mother-tongue.

210(2): Unless the Legislature of the State by law otherwise provides, this article shall, after the expiration of a period of fifteen years from the commencement of this Constitution, have effect as if the words “or in English” were omitted therefrom:

1Provided that in relation to the 2Legislatures of the States of Himachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya and Tripura this clause shall have effect as if for the words “fifteen years” occurring therein, the words “twenty-five years” were substituted:
3Provided further that in relation to the 4Legislatures of the States of 5Arunachal Pradesh, Goa and Mizoram, this clause shall have effect as if for the words “fifteen years” occurring therein, the words “forty years” were substituted.

  1. Inserted by the State of Himachal Pradesh Act, 1970.
  2. Substituted by the North-Eastern Areas (Reorganisation) Act, 1971.
  3. Inserted by the State of Mizoram Act, 1986.
  4. Substituted by the State of Arunachal Pradesh Act, 1986.
  5. Substituted by the Goa, Daman, and Diu Reorganisation Act, 1987.

-Text in Constitution

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