Moily asks Karnataka to form task force on Kannada

Last Updated: Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 00:23

New Delhi: Law Minister M Veerappa Moily
today requested the Karnataka Government to set up a task
force to help the Centre extend facilities to Kannada, which
has been declared as a classical language.

In a statement issued here, Moily said the Karnataka
Government has been "suggested" to set up a task force to
coordinate with the central Government to help it extend
facilities available for classical languages.

Under the scheme, an annual Presidential award is
given to persons for promotion of classical language.

The scheme also provides for setting up of
Professional Chairs for classical languages in selected
universities.

According to the statement, as a PIL is pending in the
Madras High Court against the decision to grant classical
status to Kannada, the HRD Ministry had asked the Culture
Ministry whether it can extend facilities to Kannada.

The matter was referred to the Law Ministry which gave
a legal opinion favouring provision of financial and other
assistance to the language. The HRD Ministry, the note said,
is now "moving accordingly".

-PTI



First Published: Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 00:23
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