Medium of instruction: State govt to approach SC again

Medium of instruction: State govt to approach SC again



Speaking to mediapersons here on Sunday, Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa emphatically maintained that there will not not be any change in State’s policy to have primary education in the Kannada medium. Accordingly, the State would move the Supreme Court against the orders of the High Court.

The Chief Minister said that immediately after his return to Bangalore, he would discuss the issue with the Minister for Primary and Secondary Education, higher officials and the Advocate General.

Replying to a query, Yeddyurapa said that although the State could not get a Supreme Court stay against the HC order in the past, the government would make yet another attempt to obtain a stay from the apex court, as the matter involved the larger policy issue of medium of instruction. “From day one, we have been trying to convince the Supreme Court on the matter. This time we will make another attempt,’’ he said, when it was pointed out to him that the State is bound by the HC direction to comply with its order by July 8.

Expressing dissatisfaction over the Railway budget, Yeddyurappa said, “Karnataka is the only State which is ready to bear half of the cost of any new railway venture. Yet we are not getting full justice from the centre,’’ he complained.

He said he would again meet the MPs and four Union ministers from the State, to prevail upon them the need for mounting pressure on Railway minister Mamata Banerjee to ‘undo the injustice’.

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