Will redesign Metro signages minus Hindi, says Siddaramaiah

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The campaign against Hindi signboards on Bengaluru Metro has now received an official stamp after Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah wrote to the center, requesting the removal of Hindi signboards on Bengaluru Metro. This comes as Kannada activists have been protesting against the use of Hindi on signage at metro stations by blackening them.

"The cultural aspirations and sentiments of the people of Karnataka needs to be respected".

In the backdrop of the protests in Bengaluru over the use of Hindi language in Karnataka, state Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Friday deemed the Centre's stand of using the three-language-formula as "not reasonable".

Objections on the use of Hindi in Metro signboards started when the first leg of Namma Metro (Baiyappanahalli to MG Road) was completed.

According to The Hindu KDA chairman SG Siddaramaiah and members have raised the issue and written to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, chief secretary Subhash Chandra Khuntia and additional chief secretary (urban development) Mahendra Jain, to issue an order to give preference to Kannada and Kannadigas. He also urged the Centre to look into the practical utility of Kannada and English languages for signages in Namma Metro.

The Sarojini Mahishi report of 1986, recommends 100 percent reservation for Kannadigas in state and public sector units and in some categories in central government departments. We have a lot of qualified Kannadigas to do the job. Their demand was to remove the Hindi sign boards and only let Kannada and English sign boards remain.

However, the union urban development ministry in an order dated December 9, 2016, had written to the BMRCL MD that a three-language policy (local language, Hindi and English) is mandatory in all non-Hindi speaking States. "The state government must ensure that these engineers are relieved", the letter reads. He added that the state is responsible for supervision of operations, providing of security, repayment of loans contracted by BMRCL and also bear the operating losses.

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