Staff Correspondent

MANGALORE: The former president of the Kannada Sahitya Parishat Harikrishna Punaroor has said that all Tulu organisations from Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Kasaragod districts will meet shortly to chart out a plan for a separate State and to take it up with the Centre.

Addressing presspersons here on Wednesday, Mr. Punaroor said the people of these districts had a legitimate reason to seek a separate State. Noting that most States came into being on the basis of linguistic consideration, Mr. Punaroor said people from Tulu-speaking areas too could stake a claim in this regard. Tulu is one of the five Dravidian languages with its own script, he said.

He said that the demand for the inclusion of Tulu in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution had not materialised over the years due to the apathy of the State and Union governments.

Creating a separate State would give a fillip to the growth and sustenance of Tulu. Mr. Punaroor said that it was the responsibility of elected representatives from the region to press for this cause. He said that if the Government failed to fulfil their demand, an organised agitation would be inevitable.