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Karnataka govt body tells departments to reject non-Kannada communication

LiveMint logoLiveMint 25-04-2017 Sharan Poovanna

Bengaluru: The Kannada development authority, a government body, on Tuesday issued a stern warning to state departments to advertise and disseminate official communication only in Kannada and reject any form of communication in English unless it’s from the central government.

This is a long pending and improperly implemented demand, that many in the state see as a threat to the growth of the local language.

The warning comes after the authority found many state departments advertising and sending official communication in English, which it says is a violation of multiple notifications from the state government including The Karnataka Local Authorities (Official Language) Act, 1981 which states that Kannada should be the official language of all the local authorities.

“There are many departments who continue to communicate and advertise in English even in Kannada newspapers. This is unacceptable and we have issued notices to them,” said S.G. Siddaramaiah, chairman of the Kannada development authority.

The development comes at a time when there is a raging debate in the country with non-Hindi speaking states opposing the Centre’s alleged push for promoting Hindi as a common unifying language.

Siddaramaiah said that the department toured and reviewed six district offices as well as inspecting nine departments in Bengaluru where it found that local authorities had not implemented Kannada properly.

“Let the state departments communicate in any other language when communicating with authorities outside the state, but we insist that it be only in Kannada in the state,” he said. Various committees have over time demanded that Kannada language be made compulsory even in private schools, including CBSE, ICSE, Navodaya and Kendriya Vidyalayas in the state.

Siddaramaiah said that they will begin inspection of private schools in July this year when the academic year begins to see if these educational institutions are following rules of Kannada implementation.

He said that the department will demand that Kannada be made the first language in all schools.

This year, for the first time, the common entrance test (CET)-an examination for professional courses-will have questions in Kannada and English, The Hindu reported on Tuesday.

However, pure science subjects like physics, biology and mathematics among other papers with scientific terminology will have to refer to the English questions.

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