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KDA seeks statutory powers – LANGUAGE / Implementation of Kannada in administration

KDA seeks statutory powers
 
DH News Swervice Gulbarga:
The Chairman of Kannada Development Authority Dr Siddalingiah has requested the State Government to confer statutory powers on the Auhtority so that it can take action against those failed to implement Kannada in administration.
 

http://www.deccanherald.com/deccanherald/nov182006/district2241620061117.asp

The Chairman of Kannada Development Authority Dr Siddalingiah has requested the State Government to confer statutory powers on the Auhtority so that it can take action against those failed to implement Kannada in administration.

Addressing a press conference here on Friday, Dr Siddalingaiah said that at present the Authortiy was only a recommedatory body. “The Chief Minister is favourably disposed towards the Authority’s plea to accord the statutory power during the Suvarna Karnataka year. I hope that the plea will be considered soon,” he added.

With a view to effectively implement Kannada in administration, the Authority in association with the Kannada University, Hampi, would launch a distance correspondence course in Kannada. All the officers would be encouraged to undergo this 10-month course. Those who complete the course would be given an increment. “Now the text is being prepared and within three-four months, the course will be launched”, Dr Siddalingaiah added.

Dr Siddalingiah admitted that the implementation of Kannada in the state Secretariat was not to the desired level. He was studying what action the government had initaited on those officers against whom the past presidents had recommended action. After one month he would undertake the review of implementation of Kannada in the secretariat.

Website

Moreover he proposed to suggest to the government to report back the disciplinary action initiated against an officer within three months. “Soon we’ll launch a website wherein all details pertaining to the action initiated would be displayed,” he added.

Dr Siddalingaiah announced that he would soon write a letter to the Transport Department asking it to initiate steps to issue the driving licenses and RC books in English as well as Kannada. Moreover he would also ask the transport authorities to ensure that the number plates on government vehicles should be written in Kannada, besides encouraging the private owners to display the number plate in Kannada.

Dr Siddalingaiah concurred on the need to strengthen Kannada schools in the border areas. He would tour the border villages in Gulbarga and Bidar districts next month to know first hand the plight of Kannada medium schools.

Kannada in Banks

In response to a query Dr Siddalingaiah made it clear that the nationalised banks have to compulsorily implement Kannada in their transactions. The cheque books, DDs etc should be issued in Kannada. To ascertain this, he would pay surprise visits to banks.

Dr Siddalingaiah would soon write to the Chief Minister to take steps to compulsorily introduce Kannada as a subject from the first standard in English medium Central schools being run in the state.

“When this has been done in Tamil Nadu, why can’t we do it here? This should happen from the next year itself,” he observed.

In medical colleges

The Chairman would soon call a meeting of principals of medical colleges and also the Vice-Chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi Health Univerity to impress on the need to create a “pro-Kannada atmosphere” in medical colleges. In this direction he would ask them to introduce a Kannada paper in the exams.

When his attention was drawn to his idea to start a medical and an engineering university in Kannada, Dr Siddalingaiah stated that efforts were underway to translate 10 best books in medicine and engineering each into Kannada and also to bring out 10 best books on medicine and engineering in Kannada.

November 18, 2006 - Posted by | Blogroll, KANNADA

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