Hassan: State Government should have its own state language policy on the basis of the Right to Education Act. The concept of mother tongue in the Section 29(2) F of the Act should be redefined as mother tongue or state language”, said Dr. Siddalingaiah president of the 81st Kannada Sahitya sammelana in his presidential address.
While addressing the gathering here on Sunday, president highlighted border issues of Karnataka, lack of job opportunities for Kanndigas in central governments, introduction of kannada primary schools in gram panchayat level, farmers issues and preserving natural resources and the welfare of tribes.
President Siddalingaiah while commenting on Devanur Mahadeva, who declined to chair the Akhila Bharata Kannada Sahitya Sammelana assured that Devanur's dreams will be fulfilled during his term.
Devanur Mahadeva declined to chair the Akhila Bharata Kannada Sahitya Sammelan and asked the state government not to permit the private education institutions to open primary schools.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah after inaugurating the 81st Kannada Sahitya Sammelana here on Sunday said the Supreme Court order on the mother tongue as the medium of instruction was detrimental to not only Kannada, but also other regional languages in the country.
The chief minister said that the regional languages should be supreme and should become the medium of instruction in their respective states.
Siddaramaiah said that under the federal structure, there was room for learning other languages, but at the same time preserving the autonomy of the local language.
He said that the State would initiate steps for making Kannada the medium of instruction from class I to class V, by way of amending the Right to Education Act, 2012.
He said that he would take a delegation of all party leaders to meet the prime minister on the issue of making the mother tongue as the medium of instruction.
Siddaramaiah said that he had also written to the chief ministers of other states in this regard.
The chief minister said that the private educational institutions were harming the interests of Kannada through their push for English.
Siddaramaiah promised the gathering that the government would not interfere n the functioning of the Kannada Sahitya Parishat, in keeping with the tradition since its inception on May 3, 1915.
S L Byrappa pointed out the missing name of Sir M Vishveshwarayya in the invitation and also in CM's speech. Byrappa said that M Vishveshwarayya played major role in forming Sahitya Parishat during Nalvadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar's period in 1915 and also the Mysore University.
Umashree Minister of State for Kannada and Culture warned the migrants from North India to respect the land, language and culture of Karnataka. The people who are migrating from other states are dominating the Kannadigas in Bengaluru and other part of Karnataka as well, which is condemnable.
Kannadigas should be respected and given equal opportunities like others, she added.
On the occasion KaRaVe members were seen collecting signature of visitors to send it to PM and President of India for giving special status to Kannada language.
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