Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said his government was introducing legislation to make Kannada “compulsory” in the state. The statement comes amid protests and anger in some quarters over the observance of ‘Hindi Diwas’. Proposal ‘Comprehensive Kannada Language Development Bill‘ aims to introduce Kannada as a medium of instruction in schools and colleges and create job reservations for Kannadigas in the public and private sectors.Read also – The 5 longest train journeys in India
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Bommai told the Legislative Assembly that legislation would be tabled in the current session to make Kannada compulsory and asserted that Kannada is supreme in the state. He said that for the first time a legal status is given in the state, making Kannada compulsory, aiming to protect the language and its users, and also to develop it further. Also Read – Karnataka to mark Prime Minister Modi’s birthday by launching 15-day health campaign
“Our government is not only committed to safeguarding Kannada, but also to promoting it. In Karnataka, when it comes to land, water, language and people, we have put politics aside and made a collective decision even in the past. said CM Bommai. The CM also added that there have been demands to make Kannada compulsory all these years.
The CM was responding to the issue raised by JD(S) lawmakers and its leader HD Kumaraswamy in the Assembly, opposing the celebration of ‘Hindi Diwas’, calling it the forced imposition of Hindi on Kannadigas .
“India is a union of states with different languages and cultures. There is no possibility here of imposing a specific language. Our Prime Minister has made it very clear that all native languages and regional languages are national languages,” Bommai noted.
WHO IS A KANNADIGA?
A Kannadiga, according to the proposed bill, is someone who has been a resident citizen for “not less than 15 years” and has learned to read, write and speak Kannada as a language up to class 10.
This is in line with the Sarojini Mahishi report submitted in 1984, which had made 58 recommendations to safeguard the Kannada and the Kannadigas.
What the Mahishi report recommends:
100% reservation of jobs for Kannadigas in all public sector units, in Group “C” and Group “D” jobs in Central Government and Public Sector Enterprises (PSU) operating in Karnataka.
He also recommended a certain percentage of jobs for Kannadigas in UAPs, private companies and multinational companies.