Learn Kannada Within 6 Months Or Get Fired: Kannada Development Authority To Bank Employees

BENGALURU: The Kannada Development Authority (KDA) on Monday asked the regional heads of all nationalized, rural and scheduled banks to make mandatory for their non-Kannada speaking staffers to learn Kannada within six months.

In a circular issued to the banks chairman of the KDA Prof S G Siddaramaiah said, “If employees who do not know Kannada fail to learn the language within six months, they should be relieved of their services in accordance with the recruitment rules.”

The authority also said a Kannada unit must be set up in all the branches of the banks, like the way Hindi units were opened while implementing Hindi earlier.

“I have sensed that there has been a lack of will in implementing the local language in many banks. We can’t ignore the fact that not paying due respects to the local language can lead to conflicts in future. The banks have to take up the said measures on emergency basis,” Prof Siddaramaiah said.

The authority said that the three-language formula must be followed in all the advertisements used by the banks. “Also the annual reports of the banks must come in three languages keeping Kannada as the main language and they must be circulated among customers,” it said.

The KDA chairman said he will be visiting the banks soon and review the implementation of Kannada. “I hope you would have completely implemented Kannada in your administration by then,” he said.

News Source: TOI

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