The government will make changes to the English spellings of several districts like Barisal, Chittagong, Comilla, Bogra and Jessore.
It also plans to gradually change the spellings of a few other districts as well, an additional secretary of the Cabinet Division made the disclosure on Friday.
The secretary, on condition of anonymity, said: “Officials concerned are working to identify inconsistencies in the current Bangla and English spellings of districts across Bangladesh.”
According to a proposal being considered, officials recommend changing the English spellings of districts from Chittagong to "Chattagram," Barisal to "Barishal," Comilla to "Kumilla," Jessore to "Jashore," and Bogra to "Bagura."
When asked about the possible date for project completion, the government official said: “These things take time.
Before making the changes, we have to consider a district’s historical origin, local dialect, Bangla and English pronunciation, and meaning of the name.
“We may have to discuss the matter with linguists as the project gradually moves forward.”
On March 29, Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam announced an initiative to update the English spellings of Barisal, Chittagong, Comilla, Bogra and Jessore, in accordance with their Bangla pronunciation.
Speaking to the reporters, Shafiul said: “A proposal will be placed in this regard at the meeting of the National Implementation Committee for Administrative Reorganization-Reform (NICAR) meeting on April 2.”
The meeting, set to be chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, will be held at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) in Tejgaon.
This article was first published on banglatribune.com