KERALA

Usher in development culture: CM

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM Nov. 1. The Chief Minister, A.K. Antony, today exhorted Keralites to steer clear of controversies to usher in a development culture. Inaugurating the week-long Official Language celebrations organised by the State Government, he said Kerala had the dubious distinction of generating controversies on the slightest pretext.

``While other States are able to surmount challenges in implementing decisions, Kerala has been unable to shake off the tendency to get bogged down by controversies that plague every project. This situation has to change," he said.

Mr. Antony emphasised the need to adopt the mother tongue as the official language. "Transparency in governance cannot be achieved by computerisation alone. A Government of the people can be created only by embracing one's own language. This is more relevant to the mission to make every citizen aware of his rights," he said.

The Information Minister, M.M. Hassan, who presided over the function, said the democratic ambitions of the people could be fulfilled only if the ruling class adopted their language.

He reiterated the Government's commitment to make Malayalam the official language.

Mr. Hassan said the training programmes for officials and the incentives for using Malayalam were aimed at this objective. Mr. Hassan said efforts were on to make Malayalam the business language in courts.

The Chief Minister later presented citations and shawls to Nagavally R.S. Kurup, Puthussery Ramachandran and B. Sugathakumary for their contributions to the Malayalam language. Therambil Ramakrishnan, MLA, and senior officials from various departments participated in the function.

The Finance Minister, K. Sankaranarayanan, today advocated a three-language formula for Keralites, which includes Malayalam as the mother tongue, Hindi as national language and English as an international communication medium.

He was speaking at the State-level inauguration of the `Malayalam Day' observation organised by the Government at the Secretariat Durbar Hall.

Mr.Sankaranarayanan said Malayalam, as the official language, was the bedrock and the source of inspiration for Malayalis.

The Information Minister, M.M. Hassan, who presided over the function, said the Malayalam Day coincided with the `Formation Day' of Kerala.

He said the efforts to make Malayalam the official language had not yet fully succeeded. He appealed to officials to cooperate in this mission.

The noted music director, M.G. Radhakrishnan, rendered Mahakavi Vallathol's poem titled `Ende Bhasha'. Mr. Hassan later administered a pledge to accept Malayalam as the official language.

The Chief Secretary, N. Chandrasekharan Nair, the Official Language Special Secretary, Asha Thomas, and the noted linguist, Azhumattoor Rajaraja Varma also spoke.

Officials from various departments participated in the function.

A seminar on Indian literature and culture was organised under the auspices of the Department of Malayalam, Mahatma Gandhi College.

The Department of Culture today organised a public meeting at the Vyloppilly Samskriti Bhavan to celebrate `Kerala Piravi' day.

The Culture Minister, G. Karthikeyan, inaugurated the meeting.

On the second day of the Official Language Week celebrations, a meeting will be organised at the VJT Hall on Sunday. The Speaker, Vakkom Purushothaman, is scheduled to inaugurate the meeting.

The meeting will be followed by a `kavi sammelan' (poet's meet) and a Koodiyattom performance by the Margi troupe.

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