Karnataka govt’s new Bill to promote Kannada language


The Kannada Language Comprehensive Development Bill was tabled in the state Assembly of Karnataka recently.

Important facts

  • The Bill, tabled by Minister for Kannada and Culture V Sunil Kumar on September 22.

  • The Bill classifies residents whose parents or guardians have been residing in Karnataka for at least 15 years and are able to read and write Kannada.

Features of the Bill

  • The new bill proposes that Kannada be taught in higher education and technical courses.

  • It also proposes reservation in higher education for students who have studied Kannada medium from class 1 to 10.

  • Karnataka Industrial Policy 2020-25 mandates companies to give 70% reservation for Kannada people and 100% for Group D employees. This new bill proposes not to give any kind of benefit to those companies which do not comply with it.

  • The Bill also proposes to constitute an Official Language Commission.

  • Employees of banks and other financial institutions in Karnataka will use Kannada.

  • The bill proposes that Kannada be used in subordinate courts and tribunals in the state.

About Karnataka State 

  • Formation - 1 November 1956

  • Capital- Bengaluru

  • Governor- Thawar Chandra Gehlot

  • Chief Minister- Basavaraj Bommai (BJP)

  • Legislative Assembly seats- 224

  • Lok Sabha seats- 28

  • Jog Falls (Garsoppa) located in Karnataka is the highest waterfall in India which is on Sharavathi River.

  • Yakshagana is the main folk dance of Karnataka.

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