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  • The Lok Sabha passed the J&K Official Languages Bill, 2020 that seeks to include Kashmiri, Dogri and Hindi as the official languages in the newly-created Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. 
  • Earlier, only English and Urdu were the official languages in the former State.
  • Hasnain Masoodi of National Conference (NC) said five official languages will confuse the bureaucracy. He said Urdu was a link between J&K and Ladakh. 
  • Union Minister of State for Home G. Kishan Reddy said that as per the 2011 Census, only 0.16% of the population in J&K spoke Urdu. He stated that over 56% speak Kashmiri and it had not been recognised as an official language.