The state cabinet on Tuesday allocated Rs2 crore for developing standard Kannada software to enable ordinary citizens to tap the power of IT.
Briefing the media about the cabinet decisions, minister for primary and secondary education Vishweshwara Hegde Kageri said the decision has been made to ensure streamlining the use of Kannada in computers, mobile phones and other modern electronic devices. “The government has approved Rs2 crore out of Rs25 crore fund, which is reserved for effective implementation of Kannada language in the state,” he said.
Kageri further said that the government had set up a committee, headed by Dr K Chindananda Gowda, for this purpose. The decision is taken based on the recommendations of the committee. When asked why the government was spending so much of money when ‘Nudi’ Kannada software is freely available, Kageri said Nudi is not user-friendly. He said the government-sponsored software would be a gift to Kannada people all over the world as it would be a standardised software of their language.
Two software ‘Nudi’ and ‘Sri Lipi’ are available in Kannada, but both have many limitations and they are not compatible, as those using ‘Nudi’ cannot access any information sent using ‘Sri Lipi’ and vice-versa.
Kageri also announced that the state government would institute an award for efficient government servants and best schools in each district. “The award will be called ‘Sarvottama Seva award.” It will be given to people at state level and district levels. Cash prizes of Rs20,000 and Rs40,000 will be given. Every year, 38 persons will be given the award,” Kageri explained.
He said the government has decided to provide second set of uniforms to all students of government and aided institutions across the state.
“This would go a long way in helping 46 lakh students between first standard and 8th standard. State government had given additional funds to avoid the discrimination among students as the scheme is only for students of SC-ST, OBC, minority communities and girls. Now, 8.9 lakh poor general category students will also get the free uniform,” he said.
Kageri added that the cabinet had approved to get the facility of education coaching from KEONICS for students studying in BBMP schools and colleges. The government is spending about Rs8 crores for the project.