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Over 100,000 Govt Employees are Not Proficient in Kannada !


Over 100,000 Govt Employees are Not Proficient in Kannada !
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Bangalore, Oct 1: Strange but true. Over a Lac Karnataka government employees, including top IAS and IPS cadre officers, are not proficient in the state’s official language of Kannada.

And, believe it or not, a large number of the state government employees ``are finding it difficult to make use of the language in the day-to day administration.’’

These starting findings have come to light in an exhaustive survey conducted by the Kannada Development Authority (KDA) headed by BJP leader Mukhyamantri Chandru, MLC.

The survey, according to the BJP leader, revealed that several top government officials among the over six lac government staff were not conducting the day-to-day administration in the state’s official language ``on account of their inability to write and read the language accurately.’’

Chandru announced KDA’s plans to hold an eight-day conference on Kannada language from November 7 in the border town Kasaragod in the neigbouring Kerala state as part of the initiative to promote the language.
The main objective of the conference, he said was to further the ties between Konkani, Tulu, Kodava, Beary languages along with Malayalam speaking people residing in Kasaragod.

A multi-language film festival, folk art exhibition, essay, other competitions would be organised during the event. Representatives of both states would participate in the conference. Nearly 70 per cent residents of Kasaragod speak Kannada language and there are 150 Kannada medium schools in the district, he said.

On the lack of knowledge and the ability or proficiency to read, write and even speak Kannada fluently among the government employees, Chandru said KDA and the Kannada and Culture Department have decided to jointly organise a training programme for 1,00,300 government employees, who are not proficient in Kannada, by incurring an expenditure of Rs 2.50 crore over the next two years.
The training programme to be organized in the first week of November would be inaugurated by Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa.

While employees in the A and B categories would be given a three-day training, those in the C category would be given one-day training. The C category employees would be taught to refine and speak the language in a better manner,  Chandru said.

The KDA chairman said a three-day training programme would be organised for IAS and IPS officials numbering 4,000 at the Administrative Training Centre, Mysore.

The Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms (DPAR) has been asked to issue a circular directing all identified officials to attend the programme compulsorily.

All employees would be given booklets on use of the language in the state administration. As energy, public works and home departments use technical words in orders and circulars, a separate training would be organised for employees of these departments, he said.
 
A total of 6,600 employees in A category,  62,350 employees in C category and 27,350 in D category would be given training before March 2010.

He said 225 resource personnel, who have been given training at the Kannada University, Hampi, would be involved in the training programme for A category  of employees in batches.

A committee headed by Deputy Commissioners has been constituted in each district to monitor the training programme for B and C categories of employees. About 15 resource personnel would be identified for providing training for B and C categories of employees in districts, the KDA chairman added.


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  • Austin Santhosh, Haleangadi/Bahrain

    Sat, Oct 3 2009

    Whatever the comments, this person has decided to do something for our language rather than just enjoying the the Government facilities. We should take this matter seriously. There should be a deadline for these people to learn kannada (at least to speak) and if they do not learn, they should be replaced by the people who knows kannada. After all, they are living in Karnataka.

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  • JMoras, Taccode - Australia

    Sat, Oct 3 2009

    I feel Karnataka govt officials could play a very good role by hiring Kannadiga’s for govt jobs in Karanata than the people from other states. Every person in Karnataka learns Kannada in some stage in his/her life. 

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  • Gopal Sherigar, Udupi/Mumbai

    Sat, Oct 3 2009

    Dear Asha, I fully agree with your comments. The situation arised out of the ego from our own people. The blind following of Westernised culture is the reason. Always remember mother is first rest all secondary. Try to inculcate our own mother tongue to our siblings who will further on this to future generation. I wish even though I am outside my birth place I still respect and revear Kannada as the best language to be learnt.

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  • AMAR NATHAL, MANGALORE

    Sat, Oct 3 2009

    POLITICIANS ans STATE EMPLOYEES need to be Proficient in good manners and honesty and be efficient is serving. They need not be experts in any language. When lot of injustice is being done it's no issue while language is. Strange!

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  • mustafa, mangalore,dubai

    Sat, Oct 3 2009

    true, go to Mangalore railway station,ask for Tatkal tiket form,you can get this form in Malayalam language but not in kannada language!!! Who is wrong? If you ask any station officer/staff in kannada, they wont reply(bcoz they dont know Kannada... "Kannadigarige Karnatakadalli Beleyilla"!!??

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  • Prakash Mulki, Mulki/Jokatte

    Sat, Oct 3 2009

    dear Mr.M.chandru,I am not a government employee. But I am very good at Kannada translation from English. Can you make use of my efficiency in the field of kannada language.

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  • Kumar, Mangalore

    Fri, Oct 2 2009

    Mr. Chandru is right. Naturally every state govt. should promote its own language primarily alongwith other local languages. At the same time multi language culture should be developed for better development. Some of the comments here are so absured as if Chandru is trying to propocate only Kannada. I wish to know wouldn't they like their mother tongue. So as Kannadigas, it is good we learn Kannada alongwith local languages, & other convinent languages.

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  • munnna, bangalore

    Sat, Oct 3 2009

    Wake up chandru

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  • carlo roy, LORETTO (UK)

    Fri, Oct 2 2009

    Dosent matter, we all indians atleast NO KANNADA talk hindi atleast, bring MODI SAAB BACK and give some hindi classes in karnataka please

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  • balanna, Sharjah, Mangalore

    Fri, Oct 2 2009

    If one wants to listen Shuddha Kannada he should go to Yakshagana. This is the only place where Kannada is maintained. Our Politicians & Film stars are not able to speak even one line without using English Words.

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  • Glynus Miranda, Kavoor

    Fri, Oct 2 2009

    Very Well political Stunt. He has no love for Kannada

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  • asha, india

    Fri, Oct 2 2009

    It is very discoraging to note that kannada is totally ignored and those speaking Kannada are insulted at many of the convent schools in Mangalore. In PTA meetings, I have heard many parents talking derogatory about Kannada. There is a class of citizens who have false pride about English and dis-respect to Kannada. This attitude worsens the situation further. When one eats and lives in Kannada land, why he can not respect the language? it appears very strange. Kannada is not infringing in to the religious freedom or anything of that sort !.If you speak Kannada, you can speak your mother tounge and English as well.I am surprised to read the comments of some readers which is against Mr Chandru when the issue is about Kannada !!.Let us view the issue through plain glass than any colour glass or bias. The tolerance of Kannadigas should not be abused and taken for granted as weakness. Let every one know that languages are above narrow thinkings of caste and creed. It is a part of our national and state pride.

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  • jacintha, mangalore

    Thu, Oct 1 2009

    In Mangalore, malayalam seems the state language!

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  • nagesh nayak, bangalore

    Thu, Oct 1 2009

    HI RONALD, YOU ARE 100% RIGHT.BETTER REFRESHING FACE SUITS FOR MMS, SONIA,OSCAR,KHARGE,POOJARI,MOILY,PRANAV,CHIDU,AMBIKA SONI,JAYANTHI NATARAJAN , SM KRISHNA & LIST NEVER ENDS.JAI HO INDIA.

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  • Hariprasad Hegde, Mangalore/Udupi

    Thu, Oct 1 2009

    Guys very soon our official langauge will be Gujarthi...

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  • Jerry Moas, Mangalore, Canada

    Thu, Oct 1 2009

    Language traning should not be cost of company (govt) here. It should be deducted from pay cheques as many must have failed in Kanada lenaguage. Pustakada bhadhane kai...

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  • Robin, mangalore\oman

    Thu, Oct 1 2009

    what should be so strange in it, as long as they do their duty properly? This " Kannada" fixation is not helping the common man, it only helps politicans vote bank agenda.

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  • Ronald D, Udupi

    Thu, Oct 1 2009

    May be they are not Pandits! Is there any witten complaint against them! Probably in terms of work ethics and efficiency, they are better than this Chandru! When is this guys term ends? We need a better refreshing face!

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  • Roshan , m'bidri/A'dhabi

    Thu, Oct 1 2009

    Yes this is true foreget govt, employees even a common man struggle or doesn't want to speak specially, we(kannadiga) meet within india. Nowadays englishhhhhhh taken over for everything, disgusting situation.

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  • suman, mangalore

    Thu, Oct 1 2009

    Mukyamantri chandru, how many people talk kannada in karnataka, there are lots including me, r u mad, if you have to live in India its good to have a lot of knowledge of a lot of languages what school did your son study in. where is he now , answer this

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  • Ronald Fernandes, Bantwal/Dubai

    Thu, Oct 1 2009

    I know Kannada very fluently, can BSY or any other minister employ me as a Kannada instructor.please advice.

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  • Karun Joseph, Banglore Karnataka

    Thu, Oct 1 2009

    Thats nice there shuld be kannada first other language next tamil nadu evrything in tamil hindi is not allowed."JAI KARNATAKA MATHE"

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