The Kannada Development Authority, on Monday, issued a notice to the regional heads of nationalized, private and grameena banks, demanding bank employees to learn the language.
The bank employees have been asked to comply with the notification in 6 months failing which they shall be terminated.
” A 6 months notice as been served to the regional bank heads to impart Kannada mandatorily for all bank employees. Regional heads are directed to relieve employees who don’t know Kannada at the end of six-month time frame” KDA reported Economic Times
KDA Chairman said in-spite of repeated notices earlier banks have been indifferent to the issue in implementing Kannada.
“Banks have not paid due attention to this issue. As vast sections of people across the state lack knowledge of Hindi or English. Hence it’s a duty of Banks to ensure their employees learn Kannada and respect local languages,” Siddaramaiah KDA Chairman said.
All banks have been directed to impart Kannada by training their employees. Regular inspections will be undertaken to oversee the progress Siddaramiah said.
The Authority cited banks shouldn’t burden the poor for their lack of knowledge other than the local language, especially in rural areas. Earlier this year a customer had dragged ICICI bank to court after his cheque was dishonored on the grounds that it was written in Kannada.
It is unclear if the KDA has the authority to sack bank staff.
Since March people have protested in various social media outlets. In twitter tweets under various hashtags to highlight the lack of local language options in essential services were bombarded at the height of the campaign in July.
Pro-Kannada group Karnataka Rakshana Vedike in July had blackened the signboards of many metro stations over the use of Hindi language on signboards in Bangalore.
The anti-Hindi sentiments have found support from current dispensation led by CM Siddaramaiah, Business Standard reported.