On the occasion of Karnataka Rajyotsava on November 1, 2023, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah urged the central government to hold competitive exams for central government jobs in the regional language Kannada as well.
He said that it is not possible to conduct these exams in Hindi or English alone, and that many students from Karnataka are unable to compete on an equal footing due to the language barrier.
Siddaramaiah also said that the central government should make Kannada mandatory for all school children till the 10th standard in Karnataka. He said that this would help to ensure that all students in the state have a strong foundation in the language.
The Chief Minister’s plea has been welcomed by many Kannadigas, who have long been demanding that the language be given its rightful place in the country. They argue that Kannada is a rich and vibrant language with a long history, and that it should be given the same status as other Indian languages.
The central government has not yet responded to Siddaramaiah’s plea. However, it is hoped that the government will take his words seriously and take steps to promote Kannada and other regional languages.
Ultimately, the decision of whether or not to hold competitive exams for central government jobs in Kannada is a political one. It is hoped that the central government will take all of the above factors into consideration when making its decision.