Leader of the opposition Siddaramaiah on Thursday stated that use of English in writing notes on the files by IAS officers compels ministers and other people’s representatives to use English in administration even if they are not well-versed with the language, leading many a time to unnecessary controversies.
Speaking at a function organised by the Karnataka Legislative Assembly Employees Association at Vidhana Soudha, he maintained that blindly following IAS officers, “our” leaders try to write notes in English and end up making mistakes.
“Instead, they could ask the babus (IAS officers) to come back to them with details in Kannada so that the ministers understand the issue first. When I was the minister, I asked the bureaucrats to come to me with Kannada notes, otherwise I refused to work with them. With all the efforts, I ended up being dubbed a rude person,” Siddaramaiah added.
He wanted assembly workers to speak to their bosses only in Kannada so that they learn the local language. He clarified that by saying this he does not mean that they do not learn English. “In Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh if you do not use the local language, you will not be able to live. I appeal to Kannadigas in Bangalore to speak their mother tongue first and make other people learn the local language. We are learning their language instead,” he said.
Chairman of the legislative council DH Shankaramurthy remarked, “When it comes to Kannada, we have to identify opponents as opponents and prove them wrong by showing love towards our mother tongue.”
He also noted that senior IAS officers working in Karnataka since many years have not learnt Kannada. “For a learner, it should not be a problem,” he stated.
Speaker of the assembly KG Bopaiah, secretaries of the both the houses of legislature P Omprakash and V Shreesh were also present. Filmmaker Nagatihalli Chandrashekar, senior journalist EV Satyanarayana, and artist Srinivas V Kappanna were felicitated on the occasion.