The state Assembly on Thursday passed the much awaited Odisha Official Language Amendment Rule 2016 amid protests from opposition Congress and BJP who demanded setting up of a commission to ensure proper implementation of the law.

Earlier the state cabinet had implemented the legislation approving the rules for the purpose on August 12.

The Bill was introduced in the Assembly on Wednesday by Parliamentary Affairs minister B K Arukha on behalf of the Chief Minister which was passed on Thursday.

Though the opposition Congress and BJP demanded setting up of a commission like the one in Andhra Pradesh to ensure proper implementation of the legislation the government rejected it saying a committee headed by the Chief Secretary would oversee the implementation part.

Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra said as officers find it difficult to communicate in Odia language they may hardly ensure proper implementation of the Act.

Mishra’s amendment proposal was rejected through voice vote.