Metro signage: Union Minister backs tri-language policy
- In the backdrop of protests to remove Hindi signage from Namma Metro stations, Union Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda on 6th July expressed support for the tri-language policy as long as Kannada is given priority.
- City Development Minister K.J. George on the sub-urban rail project, Mr. Gowda said that Bengaluru is not limited to Karnataka or India, but is well-known around the world.
- “Foreigners in our city must be able to read, people from other States must be able to read the signs and Kannadigas must instantly recognise the language of the State,” he said.
- Advocating a tri-language policy, Mr. Gowda said, “I made it very clear that Kannada must be given priority; it is our State language.
- Since Hindi is spoken by a majority of people in India, it must be there. An international language like English must also be used,
- However, Mr. George disagreed and said that his position is similar to that of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah who is gathering information on the policies followed by other States before taking a stand.
- Meanwhile, the Kannada Development Authority (KDA) has asked Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (BMRCL) to implement the two-language policy in all their public information systems within the next 15 days.
- S.G. Siddaramaiah, president, KDA, on 6th July, cited the arguments by BMRCL for two-language policy.
- “In correspondence over the past two years, BMRCL has submitted it BMRCL was not declared a Public Sector Unit and there is no clause in the tripartite agreement with the State and Union governments to follow all Central rules.
- Thus BMRCL is deemed to be a company of the State, which as per policy should follow the two-language policy – Kannada and English,” he said.
- Pradeep Singh Kharola, managing director, BMRCL, refused to comment on the issue.
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