The Assam government on Wednesday said it will implement the Cabinet decision to make Sanskrit compulsory till Class VIII only after having “general consensus” and removing “practical difficulties”.

Making a statement on the recent decision which has evoked sharp reactions from all sections of society, Assam Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “The decision was taken in-principle but implementation will happen after general consensus and removing practical difficulties”.

He informed the Assembly that the government will try to build a consensus after taking opinion from all important organisations of the State. Mr Sarma also said there are other issues in implementation of the decision like lack of Sanskrit teachers and the government will not appoint anyone from outside the State.