Special Correspondent

BANGALORE: Minister for Labour B.N. Bache Gowda has said that learning Kannada should be made compulsory in all the public sector undertakings and private industries, including the IT and BT companies, throughout the State with a focus on Bangalore.

Mr. Bachche Gowda was responding to a memorandum submitted to the Chief Minister, the Mayor and to him separately by several Kannada associations at the “Kaarmikarige Kannada — Jaagruti samavesha” (Kannada for workers, an awareness convention).

the Kannada Development Authority in association with Kannada associations of public and private sector units organised the event on Thursday.

Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa said that opening Kannada learning centres in the industrial sector and other places had become inevitable in the light of increasing migration to the State from other parts of the country and a majority of them started making the State their home permanently. The Government had exhibited its mind for the development of Kannada through extending generous grants.