Special Correspondent

Bangalore: ‘Mukhyamantri’ Chandru (BJP) on Friday urged the Government to implement a charter of 40 demands put forward by the Kannada Nudi Kannada Gadi Jagruthi Jatha for the development of 48 border taluks in the State.

Mr. Chandru, who the principal convener of the Jagruthi Jatha, a committee of Kannada protagonists and elected representatives, which toured the 48 taluks last year to understand the problems of Kannadigas in these areas, also tabled a private member’s resolution stating that the charter of demands should be implemented in the interest of Kannadigas in these areas.

Lack of infrastructure

He expressed concern that the border taluks lacked even basic civic amenities. This was in contrast with the scenario on the other side of the State borders where the neighbouring States had taken special care to develop their border taluks, he said.

The demands include setting up a Border Area Development Board, launching comprehensive development schemes exclusively for the border taluks, giving emphasis to industrialisation and stringent measures for the implementation of Kannada as the administrative language. He also demanded that district bhavans be set up in Bangalore on the lines of the Karnataka Bhavan in Delhi.

Mr. Chandru wanted the Government to compile information before January 26 on the status of employment of Kannadigas in various public sector enterprises and prominent industries in the State, including information technology & biotechnology firms in the past five years. Based on the information, the Government should take steps to get Kannadigas employed in these units.

Intervening during the discussion, Primary and Secondary Education Minister Basavaraj S. Horatti said the Government had written to the Maharashtra Government urging that vacant Kannada teacher posts in schools in the areas bordering Karnataka be filled.

The Minister said Karnataka had taken steps to ensure that there was no shortage of Kannada and Marathi teachers in school in its border taluks.