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Great News : Hindi to be kicked out of Bengaluru Metro

Post by Ponniyin Selvan on Sat Jul 29, 2017 6:58 am

Scrap Hindi from signage, Siddaramaiah tells Bengaluru Metro

BENGALURU: Prodded by the Kannada Development Authority and faced with a barrage of protests by Kannada outfits, chief minister Siddaramaiah asked the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRC) on Friday to drop Hindi from its signage.

This means only Kannada and English will be on all signboards.

The chief minister has written to the Centre that the three-language format would be counterproductive, given the sentiments in the state, and that Kannada and English in signage were more practical.

Despite two attempts by protesters to deface its signboards, BMRC had continued to use Hindi saying it was operating under instructions from the Centre. In the past few weeks, as the agita tion intensified for the state language policy to be implemented, BMRC sought instructions from the state government to do away with the three-language format.

LK Ateeq, principal secretary in the chief minister's office, confirmed to TOI the government had issued instructions to BMRC to use only Kannada and English. While this should put an end to the ongoing controversy, it may not be a permanent solution since the Centre is an equal stakeholder in the project and is yet to weigh in.

In his letter to Union urban development minister Narendra Singh Tomar, chief minister Siddaramaiah wrote: "I would like to submit that the stand of the Government of India of using the three-language formula is not reasonable. Although both the Government of India and government of Karnataka have equal (50:50) equity stake in BMRC, the financial contribution of the state government is much more than that of the central government. Moreover, the supervision of operations and providing security to BMRC are the responsibility of the state government." The letter, a copy of which is with TOI, said the state "has also undertaken to repay all the loans contracted by BMRC and bear the operating losses. Therefore, it would be appropriate that the policies of the state government are implemented in the project. I would therefore request you to review your earlier decision in this regard".

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Re: Great News : Hindi to be kicked out of Bengaluru Metro

Post by Seva Lamberdar on Sat Jul 29, 2017 8:20 am

Gopalkrishna Vishwanath, "What are the advantages of learning Hindi?", May 27, 2016,
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