`KDA will be given more powers'

Staff Reporter

Amendment to provide for prosecuting officials who fail to use Kannada Law to be amended to provide for prosecuting officials who fail to use Kannada

KDA Chairman to tour border districts Tune for Naadageethe to be chosen

BANGALORE: Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy, who holds the Kannada and Culture portfolio, said on Thursday that the Kannada Development Authority (KDA) Act would be amended to empower the authority to prosecute officials who failed to use Kannada in administration.

Inaugurating an office of the special unit which will organise the Survarna Karnataka celebrations (to mark 50 years of the formation of the State), he said he had asked the new KDA Chairman, Siddalingaiah, to tour border districts and enquire about the problems faced by Kannadigas and how to solve them.

The Chief Minister said the KDA would be strengthened so that it could ensure that Kannada was used in administration.

He directed Bangalore Mahanagara Palike Commissioner K. Jairaj to inspect the building at Visvesvarapura where Kannada writer late A.N. Krishna Rao lived, and stop its demolition. The Government would purchase the property and build a memorial to the writer, he added. Speaking at an interaction, Mr. Kumaraswamy said maintenance of Puttanna Kanagal theatre at Jayanagar would be taken up. He told Y.K. Muddukrishna of the Karnataka Sugama Sangeeta Academy that a tune for the "naadageethe" (State anthem) would be chosen.

He said children in government schools would be taught both English and Kannada.

The Chief Minister told Ramesh, film actor, that short films on the achievements of the State would be made.

G.S. Shivarudrappa, poet, sought the implementation of the Sarojini Mahishi and D.M. Nanjundappa committee reports.