Grants given for Kannada Chair to be probed

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, on Saturday, said an inquiry would be instituted into the use of funds by universities given a grant of Rs 1 crore to set up a Kannada Chair.

In 2008, soon after Kannada was given classical language status, the Yeddyurappa government had given grants to all universities in the State, to set up the Chair for the promotion of the language.

On Saturday, at an event marking the compilation of Kannada directory of the State, former KDA chairperson, Baraguru Ramachandrappa alleged that several universities were, in fact, misusing the funds for other purposes. “We had given the grants to the universities to set up a Kannada Chair. However, most universities have used these funds for other purposes. Some have even misused the funds,” he alleged.

In response, Siddaramaiah said an inquiry will be conducted by constituting a committee from the Kannada and Culture Department to look into misuse of funds. On the implementation of Sarojini Mahishi Committee report, which proposed reservation for Kannadigas in private companies operating out of Karnataka, he said the State will be reviewing the report. “The report is an old one. We will see the merits and demerits of these recommendations. I agree there is a need for a policy giving preference for Kannadigas. But it has to be looked into,” he said.

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