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Blog Entry# 2365594
Posted: Jul 29 2017 (13:37)

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Jul 29 2017 (08:17)   CM writes to Centre on usage of Hindi in Namma Metro signage

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‘State government compelled to ask BMRCL to temporarily redesign signages and name boards in Namma Metro stations’
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, on Friday, wrote to the Union Urban Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar stating that the state government was compelled to ask the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (BMRCL) to temporarily redesign the signages and name boards in Namma Metro stations, without using the Hindi language.
Requesting the Union Minister to review the Ministry’s earlier decision on use of three languages - regional language, Hindi and English - on all name boards and signages
in Namma Metro Stations, the Chief Minister asserted that the centre’s three language policy was not reasonable.
In his letter, Mr. Siddaramaiah has stated that it would be appropriate to implement policies of the state government in the Metro. “Although both the centre and state have equal (50:50) equity stake in BMRCL, the financial contribution of the state government is much more than that of the Government of India. Moreover, the supervision of operations, providing of security etc to BMRCL is the responsibility of the state government. Also, the state government has undertaken to repay all the loans contracted by BMRCL and also to bear the operating losses,” he said in the letter.
He also pointed out that with the opening of the entire Phase I network of BMRCL last month, the number of people using Namma Metro had crossed three lakh a day. “Ever since the opening of the entire network, there have been widespread protests against the use of Hindi in the name boards and signages in Metro stations. It started as a campaign in the social media, followed by protests and submission of memoranda etc. Presently it has begun to take a violent turn with activists trying to deface the Metro name boards/signages,” the letter said.
Although the State Government has strictly dealt with those who defaced the signages and maintained law and order in and around metro stations, it is counter productive to continue to insist on use of three languages including Hindi, the chief minister maintained. “This, especially in the wake of a continued agitation and demands from literatuers and intellectuals of the city for giving primacy to the language of the State and the languages with which people of the city and the commuters are familiar,” the letter said.
“You would also agree with me that the cultural aspirations and sentiments of the people of Karnataka need to be respected. Apart from the cultural need to give primacy to the language of the State, it is also practical to use those languages which local people can read and follow. It is not essential to use Hindi in signages as the commuters who use the metro are comfortable with reading and understanding Kannada and or English. Hence, the state is compelled to ask the BMRCL to temporarily redesign the signages without using Hindi,” the letter said.
“I hope that you would appreciate the stand of the state government in this sensitive matter. I would like to impress upon you that it will be better to follow a persuasive approach rather than a mandatory approach in the matter of use of Hindi,” the letter added.

Jul 29 2017 (13:37)
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what a shame.

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