Staff Correspondent

  • Demand for action against such English-medium schools
  • `More penal powers needed for KDA to make it effective'

    HAVERI: Chairman of the Kannada Development Authority (KDA) Siddhalingaiah has sought a report from the Education Department in Haveri on what he called the imposition of the "English culture" by some English-medium schools in the district on students.

    Mr. Siddhalingaiah told presspersons after a review meeting on "Kannada Implementation" here on Thursday that it had been brought to his notice that in some English-medium schools, a sort of "asphyxiating atmosphere" was being created for Kannada-speaking students.

    "It has been alleged that these students are being forced to change their food habits and made to eat bread and biscuits instead of jowar roti and rice. I have directed the officials to visit such schools, take action against them and report them to the KDA," he said.

    Mr. Siddhalingaiah said he had instructed the Regional Transport Officer (RTO) to get the number plates of vehicles of officials, including the Deputy Commissioner, the Superintendent of Police and the Chief Executive Officer of the zilla panchayat, written in Kannada within a month.

    He said that the loan contract documents issued by the Ambedkar and Devaraj Urs Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (SC and ST) Corporations, which disburse loans to SC, ST and backward class people, were found to be written in English. The officials had been directed to get the documents printed in Kannada instead immediately, he added.

    Mr. Siddhalingaiah said that the Chief Minister had promised to give more penal powers to the KDA for taking action against those in the administration who did not use Kannada in their work. Such powers would help make its functioning more effective, he said.