‘All public sector banks must use Kannada’

Source: DHNS | Published on 21st July 2019, 12:27 PM | Coastal News |

Karwar: “All public sector institutions including public sector banks in the State must mandatorily use Kannada in their day-to-day affairs and business as per the guidelines,” said Deputy Commissioner K Harishkumar.

Speaking at the district-level Kannada Implementation Committee meeting, Harishkumar said that after online banking system came into existence, the number of staff members in banks has come down. Those staff members who get transferred to Karnataka from other States do not take trouble in learning Kannada as they want to get back to their home States within two to three years. But this causes inconvenience to the general public while dealing with the bank. Therefore, the bank staff must communicate with the customers in Kannada.

The DC said that a letter in this regard has been sent to all the banks through the Lead Bank manager and they expect to see a change in days to come.

A discussion on the absence of signboards in Kannada in the border taluk of Joida was held during the meeting. Responding to this issue, Harishkumar said that letters will be written to those concerned asking them to compulsory display boards of roads in Kannada.

When the issue of shortage of Kannada teachers in the schools in border areas of Joida was brought to the notice of the meeting, the DC directed that a committee led by the deputy director of public instruction department of Sirsi education district must be formed and a report in this regard must be submitted.

Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officer Mohammed Roshan, Kannada & Culture Assistant Director Himanthraju G, other members of the committee Shridevi Keremane, Vithal Bhandari, T B Harikanth and others were present.

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