Mumbai, Feb. 28 -- On the occasion of World Marathi Language Day on Thursday, both the houses of the state legislature unanimously passed a resolution, urging the Centre to accord classical language status to Marathi.

The resolution aims to push for the Centre's nod for the status, which is under consideration for more than a decade. With the status, the state will gets more funds from the Centre for promotion and conservation of the language. "Besides funds, there will be solid moral grounds for strengthening its base across the country, with more than 13 crore people speaking it," an official from the Mantralaya said.

The Prithviraj Chavan government had constituted a committee under litterateur Ranganath Pathare to submit a report to e...