Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has instructed nationalised banks and local banks to conduct day-to-day business in Kannada.

At the 124th meeting of State-Level Bankers Committee here, he said banks were not implementing the compulsory ‘Tribasha Sutra’ (three-language policy) while preparing challans, passbooks, loan applications, account opening forms, fixed deposit certificates, etc.

Facilities provided by nationalised banks and local banks were not reaching the rural masses because of the language problem. “It is the desire of our government to encourage the use of Kannada in day-to-day banking activities.” It was also necessary to ensure that employment opportunities were expanded for persons knowing Kannada, he said.

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