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Karnataka Government Tables Bill in Assembly to Grant Reserve to Kannadigas in Education and Employment

The Karnataka government introduced a bill to the Assembly on Thursday providing reservations for Kannadigas in higher education.

The Karnataka government has introduced a bill to the Assembly to reserve higher education and employment for Kannadigas. (PTI/FILE)

STRONG POINTS

  • Minister of Kannada and Culture V Sunil Kumar has tabled the Comprehensive Kannada Language Development Bill.
  • Kannada will be taught in higher education courses as per the bill.
  • The bill provides for a punitive fine for any offender.

Paving the way for the development of Kannadigas, the government of Karnataka introduced a bill to the Assembly on Thursday providing for reservations for them in higher education. The bill includes quotas for training courses, tying incentives and subsidies to industries for locals.

According to the bill, a Kannadiga will be any person or their parents or, in their absence, the legal guardians who have habitually resided in Karnataka for at least 15 years. They are also required to know how to write and speak the Kannada language.

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Kannada and Culture Minister V Sunil Kumar has tabled the Comprehensive Kannada Language Development Bill, which aims at the “widespread use and propagation” of the language. According to the bill, Kannada will be taught in higher, technical and vocational education courses.

“Kannada language has been introduced as one of the language subjects in schools, but there is no proper provision for learning Kannada language in higher, technical or vocational education,” the bill says. .

Also, students who have studied grades 1 to 10 in Kannada middle school will be able to avail this reservation in their higher education. The same goes for students who have studied in Kannada language in Karnataka or in Kannada language schools in other states.

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Notably, the bill proposed to deny land grants, tax refunds and other assistance to private companies that do not recruit the prescribed percentage of Kannadigas. Industrial policy requires companies to provide 70% of jobs to Kannadigas.

The bill provides for a punitive fine to which the offender will be liable. In the case of industries, shops and commercial establishments that violate the bill will be fined between Rs 5,000 and Rs 20,000 including suspension of their licenses.

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