Mangalore (Karnataka): Vedike members demand jobs for Kannadigas

Harold F. Schiffman haroldfs at
Tue Apr 24 15:05:36 UTC 2007

Mangalore: Vedike members demand jobs for Kannadigas

Mangalore April 24: The members of Karnataka Rakshana Vedike staged a
protest at Mangalore Railway Station on Monday opposing the recruitment of
staff from other states in the railway stations in the coastal districts
and the negligence shown towards Kannada. Over 100 protesters who came to
the railway station premises in a procession from Kadri Park, shouted
slogans against the use of Malayalam language instead of Kannada in the
ticket reservation forms along with English and Hindi. It is a violation
of the three-language policy of the Central government, they said.

They also charged that the Mangalore railway station resembles railway
stations in the neighbouring state of Kerala as none of the staff here
know to speak in Kannada. Name boards on tea stalls and other stores
located in the railway station which were written in Malayalam were
removed by the protesters. They demanded that Bangalore-Baindoor passenger
train service (via Mangalore, Udupi and Kundapur) must be commenced
immediately. Besides, employment opportunities must be given to localites
in the railway stations in the coastal area, creation of a separate
Mangalore zone , reshifting of the lone Railway office of the coastal area
from Goa to Karwar and merger of Kasargod with Karnataka was demanded.

Karnataka Rakshana Vedike State Secretary Praveen Kumar Shetty addressed
the protesters while Bangalore City unit President T N Shivanand, Udupi
district unit President Santhosh, Mangalore City unit President
Shashidhar, Hebri unit President Shivprasad, Kannukare unit President
Raghu and Autorickshaw Drivers Association President Jayprakash Shetty
were present. Later, a memorandum mentioning their demands was submitted
to the station master.


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