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Learn Kannada or get fired: Govt body tells bank employees in Karnataka

The authority has also asked them to set up Kannada units at all their branches in the state, in line with Hindi units which exist for the implementation of the language.

india Updated: Aug 08, 2017 23:46 IST
Signage at Mahatma Gandhi Metro station written in Hindi language along with English and Kannada in Bengaluru. People protested against the use of Hindi language in Namma metro stations.
Signage at Mahatma Gandhi Metro station written in Hindi language along with English and Kannada in Bengaluru. People protested against the use of Hindi language in Namma metro stations. (Arijit Sen/HT File Photo)

The Kannada Development Authority (KDA) has asked all nationalised, scheduled and rural banks functioning in Karnataka to ensure that all its non-Kannada speaking staff learn the language in six months.

The authority has also asked them to set up Kannada units at all their branches in the state, in line with Hindi units which exist for the implementation of the language.

Pointing out that candidates are selected through examinations conducted by the Institute of Banking Personnel  Selection, KDA president SG Siddaramaiah in letters to banks said the IBPS in its application itself makes it clear that preference in selection should be given to candidates who know the local language.

He said, “Following this, official staff from other  languages who are working in your banks should mandatorily  learn Kannada within six months.”

“If those who have been already appointed fail to learn Kannada in six months, they should be relieved of their services in accordance with the recruitment rules,” he said.

The move by the authority comes a few days after it  intervened in the row over Hindi signages at Bengaluru Metro stations by issuing notices to the metro authorities.

Stating that it was “necessary” for banks to transact in Kannada during their daily official functioning for the  benefit of customers, especially for those from rural areas, Siddaramaiah said there are also the Reserve Bank of India guidelines in this regard.

He also pointed out that the chief minister, during the state-level bankers meeting, had said that the government would not tolerate any dual standards in the implementation of Kannada language.

Noting that there is “lack of commitment” in implementing local language on part of the banks, the letter said that with the three language policy not being followed, it is causing inconvenience to the public, especially the poor and those from rural areas.

“Despite rules that all bank facilities should be  available to the public in Kannada, all kinds of forms, specimens should be in Kannada; official activities are not being transacted in Kannada,” it said.

Asking banks to give preference to local language  candidates during recruitment in accordance with the Sarojini  Mahishi report, Siddaramaiah said ‘C’ and ‘D’ group posts  should completely be given to locals.

Stating that he would visit banks in the days to come to examine the steps taken, he also asked banks to implement the steps suggested on priority basis and submit a report to the authority.