'Come forward to protect Kannada language'

Zonal-level Kannada awareness convention

'Come forward to protect Kannada language'


Speaking after inaugurating zonal-level Kannada awareness convention organised by KSRTC Kannada Kriya Samithi here on Sunday, he said Kannada conventions are essential to create an awareness on the threats being faced by Kannada language. Kannadigas should not keep quite when Kannada language, its land, resource is under threat. Government also should work in favour of Kannada. Instead of closing down the public enterprises, there is a need to revive the industries which have been closed down and provide employment opportunity for the Kannadigas.

He said KSRTC Kannada Kriya Samithi has given Rs 1.50 crore to Kannada Sahithya Parishat. This will help in making the Parishat economically strong. Parishat will utilise Rs 50 lakh towards conferring Nripathunga Sahithya Award which is equivalent to Jnanapeeta award, Rs 10,000 for conferring Aralu Mallige award to young poets.
He appealed the government to provide employment to those who pursue their education in Kannada medium on priority basis. Even public should make use Kannada for daily purpose.

MLA C T Ravi said “we can not accept the argument that globalisation has affected Kannada. If everyone starts speaking in Kannada at home, then there will be no problem to Kannada.”
“People should come out of the illusion that learning English will help us to live. As parents enroll their students to English medium schools, Kannada medium schools are on the verge of closure,” he added.

Ravi said “we are contemplating to hand over old district prison land to KSRTC.” He also assured to hold talks with Transport Minister on naming all the satellite bus stands in Bangalore with the name of Litterateurs.
Delivering introductory remarks, KSRTC Kannada Kriya Samithi State President V C Channe Gowda said that Kannadigas should be given preference in MNCs.
“All the satellite bus stands in Bangalore should be named after poets of the State. Raj Kumar’s life should be included in curriculum. National Employment Policy should be passed,” he added.

KSRTC Controller Naveen said the city bus stand was started in 1973. However, owing to widening of I G Road, the bus stand is losing its land. If the bus stand is shifted to the old prison premises, then it will help the passengers as well.
Adilpasha of Mandya, Nataraj of Mysore, Kalyankumar of Chikmagalur, Shivanandamurthy of Davangere, Jagadeesh of Davangere were felicitated on the occasion.

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