Kannada Language Comprehensive Development (Amendment) Bill 2024

Kannada Language Comprehensive Development (Amendment) Bill 2024
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Tabled in Karnataka Assembly
Seeks to amend 2022 Act
Tabled on February 14, 2024
Promote Kannada language
Strengthen previous Acts
Mandatory Kannada usage
60% text on name boards
In upper half of boards
Applicable to
Business and industrial establishments
Shops, trusts, counseling centers
Hospitals, laboratories, amusement centers
Official appointments
Director, Directorate of Kannada and Culture
Secretary, Kannada Development Authority
Definition of Kannadiga
Parents in Karnataka for 15 years
Able to read and write Kannada
Education and Employment
Kannada in higher education
Technical courses inclusion
Reservation in higher education
For Kannada medium students
Karnataka Industrial Policy 2020-25
70% reservation for Kannadigas
100% for Group D employees
Non-compliance penalties
Denial of land concessions
Tax rebates withdrawal
Official Language Commission
Enforcement at state, district, taluk levels
Kannada in courts and tribunals
Information Technology services inclusion
Fines for non-compliance
Rs 5,000 first offence
Rs 10,000 second offence
Rs 20,000 third offence
Karnataka, India
Minister for Kannada and Culture
V Sunil Kumar
Chief Minister
Basavaraj Bommai
Through legislative process
Amending existing laws
Promotes local language
Supports cultural identity
Ensures local employment
Implementation challenges
Possible resistance from businesses
Way Forward
Effective enforcement mechanisms
Awareness and compliance support

The Kannada Language Comprehensive Development (Amendment) Bill, 2024, tabled in the Karnataka Assembly, aims to reinforce the use of Kannada in the state. Key provisions include making 60% of the text in Kannada mandatory on name boards of business and industrial establishments, and defining “Kannadiga” as residents whose parents have lived in Karnataka for at least 15 years and can read and write Kannada. It seeks to incorporate Kannada in higher education, technical courses, and enforce reservation for Kannadigas in employment. The bill also introduces fines for non-compliance and proposes setting up an Official Language Commission for effective implementation at various administrative levels. The bill is an amendment to the existing Acts and is a significant step towards promoting the Kannada language and culture.

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