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Govt. urged to persuade Andhra to protect interests of Kannadigas

By Our Staff Correspondent

CHAMARASA VEDIKE (BELLARY), FEB. 7. K.B. Hanumantharaya, writer and President of the Bellary District Kannada Sahitya Sammelan, today urged the State Government to prevail upon its counterpart in Andhra Pradesh to extend all facilities to Kannadigas living in that State to protect and preserve Kannada.

Delivering the presidential address at the sammelan here, Prof. Hanumantharaya said the State government had extended all facilities to linguistic minorities and was providing education in their mother tongue. But the same was not being reciprocated by the Andhra Pradesh Government though the number of Kannada-speaking people was considerably high in the border areas of that State. He pointed out that there was only one private Kannada-medium school at Adoni. The Andhra Pradesh Government was not responding to the needs of Kannada-speaking people in that State. Though there was Kannada subject in some schools in that State, there were no teachers to teach it. The State Government should take interest in this regard and encourage people in border areas to preserve and protect Kannada, he said.

Prof. Hanumantharaya said the committee formed by the Government for purchase of books published in Kannada had not been helpful to writers in rural areas. He urged the Government to set right the problem.

Prof. Hanumantharaya was of the view that implementation of Dr. Nanjundappa Committee's recommendations was the only way to silence the demand for Statehood to North Karnataka and the Hyderabad-Karnataka region.

Referring to the reported decision of the Railways to tag the revenue earning Bellary-Hospet-Toranagal sector to the proposed Gulbarga Division to be made part of South Central Railway, he said that it should not be implemented. People of the district would be forced to launch an agitation in this regard.

He urged the Railways to introduce new trains to Chennai, Hyderabad, and Mumbai via Bellary.

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