Govt. departments yet to embrace ‘Bengaluru’


It has been over a month since the city’s name acquired a local flavour. However, several government departments appear to have been forgotten in the phase of transformation as they continue to function in ‘Bangalore’.

The State government, which announced the name change amidst much fanfare on the eve of the 59th Kannada Rajyotsava, had issued a special gazette notification to change the names of 12 cities and towns.

But, important departments such as Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation, and Bangalore University continue to sport the old name. Most of them The Hindu spoke to simply said they were still awaiting government instructions on the same.

But at the time of announcing the notification, Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs T.B. Jayachandra had said that it was left to institutions and government bodies to make “suitable changes”.

The case is not just in Bengaluru. Government departments in the other renamed cities and towns too continue to go by the old names. For instance, the Gulbarga Electricity Supply Company Ltd. is yet to change to Kalaburagi, while Mysuru is yet to figure in the University of Mysore.

Chairperson of Kannada Development Authority L. Hanumanthaiah said that “phase-wise” changes could start at two levels – names of the departments, and the overall change in boards across the cities. While saying he would write to the Chief Secretary to press for the change in names, Mr. Hanumanthaiah said ‘controlling authorities’ could be roped in to get private players to change the boards.

“The Labour Department and the BBMP, at the time of renewing trade licenses, can make it mandatory to introduce name change. The government can also ensure that all new boards mandatorily have new names,” he said.

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