The bill would provide an inclusive development and promotion of Kannada at various levels . Kannada is the official language of the state and local authorities .
Bengaluru: The Karnataka government passed a bill in the Assembly on Thursday that would provide an inclusive development and promotion of Kannada at various levels, as well as providing concessions or grant-in assistance for industries to Kannadigas.Kannadiga is defined as a person or his parents, or in their absence, who are ordinarily resident of Karnataka for at least 15 years and who have experience in reading and writing Kannada; and it also includes sanctions in the event of a violation of statutes.In the Assembly, Kannada and Culture Minister V Sunil Kumar introduced the bill.According to the bill, Kannada has been incorporated as Karnataka's official language, and the state has passed the Karnataka Official Language Act, Karnataka Local Authorities (Official Language) Act, the Kannada Development Authorities Act, and the Kannada Language Learning Act, as well as the state's statutory body, the Kannada Development Authority (KDA).Although the Kannada language has been included as one of the Language subjects taught in schools, the bill states that there is no appropriate program for the study of Kannada Language in Higher, Technical, or Professional Education.According to the aforementioned laws, there is no systematic way to incorporate Kannada as an official language.Though a statutory body with no authority and machinery to guarantee the adoption of Kannada as the official language at any level is not the Kannada Development Authority.By the proposed legislative measure, there will be an estimated monthly expenditure of around Rs 3.21 crore. Students who attended in Kannada medium from class 1 to 10 in Karnataka or in Kannada Medium Schools in any other state shall be entitled to such a percentage of exemption in higher, scientific, and professional training as may be determined by the state government.It also stated that no private business, factory, or institution shall be entitled to a tax rebate, tax deferral, or any other grant-in assistance unless they provide not less than the specified percentage of reservation to Kannadigas as per the state's industrial policy.To get a government job, the bill requires that you pass the Kannada exam, however, those who passed Class 10 with Kannada as a first or second language are exempted.To notify applicants, the government has also requested that it establish an employment portal for government departments, public departments, and private companies. Although the bill requires Kannada to be included in program brochures, government banners, and funding bodies, it also says it will be the primary language in all name boards.In addition, it suggested that Kannada teaching units be developed to teach Kannada to non-Kannada speakers in industrial establishments, state or central government offices with more than 100 employees.The bill states that any officer's inability to follow the official language will be punishable with a lapse or mistake.Any shopkeeper or commercial establishment will be charged with up to Rs 5,000 in fines for the first offense and up to Rs 10,000 in penalties for the second offense. Kannada is the official language of the state and local authorities, as defined by the bill and regulations, and bye-laws passed by the state legislature and other relevant bodies.For all formal and administrative purposes and correspondence in the state, Kannada is to be used.Any existing laws in English that have been enacted by the state before the adoption of this Act will be translated and published in Kannada.The legislation calls for an enforcement system for implementing official language and calls for a state, district, and taluk level commission. The Directorate of Kannada and Culture shall also be the Directorate of Enforcement of the Official Language.