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`Decentralised functioning of KDA has opened up avenues'

By Our Staff Correspondent

MANGALORE, JULY 17. Administrative and functional decentralisation of the Kannada Development Authority has opened up avenues for promoting the language, according to Pradeep Kumar Kalkura, member of the authority.

At a press conference here on Friday, he said the State had been divided into seven zones, each of which was headed by a member, under the decentralisation plan.

The district Kannada implementation committees were headed by the Deputy Commissioners.

The tahsildars were ex-officio members of these panels.

He was in charge of the zone comprising Hassan, Chikmagalur, Uttara Kannada, Udupi and Dakshina Kannada districts.

Mr. Kalkura said promotion of Kannada would be taken up through Nadageete and other renditions of the masters of Kannada music.

The Kannada Kalika Yojana would involve various organisations to teach Kannada to people from minority communities in an annual 100-hour programme.

Each resource person identified for the programme would be paid an honorarium of Rs. 5,000.

He said the authority would take up a study of the spread of Kannada in Gadinadu (border areas) and ways to promote the language in those areas.

Every cultural programme in Kannada organised in these areas would be given a financial assistance of Rs. 4,000.

Following surprise checks held by the authority in the district, Mangalore Electricity Supply Company Ltd. (MESCOM) and Karnataka Land Army Corporation Ltd. (KLACL) had been cautioned for not using Kannada to the desired extent in daily administration.

Such surprise checks would continue in the State until the Government agencies implemented Kannada to the desired extent.

He said other programmes of the authority included giving special grants to Kannada schools functioning outside the State and holding Kannada Samskriti Shibira (Kannada cultural camps) in various parts of the State. Awarding Kannada Madhyama prizes to students excelling in Kannada in the tenth standard and the pre-university course had also been planned.

The Kannada software, Nudi, had been fully developed during the past few years. Kannada was one of the foremost vernacular languages to have its own software, he added.

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