[lg policy] Deputy Chief Minister urges banks to transact in Kannada

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Sat Aug 11 12:10:10 EDT 2018


 Deputy Chief Minister urges banks to transact in Kannada
TNN | Updated: Aug 9, 2018, 09:22 IST
[image: Deputy chief minister G Parameshwara]Deputy chief minister G
Parameshwara
BENGALURU: Siddaramaiah had fought for it when he was chief minister and
now deputy chief minister G Parameshwara
<https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topic/G-Parameshwara> has taken up the
baton. Advocating the use of the local language in over-the-counter banking
transactions
<https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topic/over-the-counter-banking-transactions>,
Parameshwara took to Twitter to send out a stern warning to bank officials
assaulting customers who insist on conducting transactions in Kannada
<https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topic/Kannada>.
Prompted by recent incidents including one in Bangarpet in Kolar district
where a bank official attacked a customer for speaking in Kannada,
Parameshwara urged bank authorities to take action against the official.

TimesView

The deputy chief minister does have a point. Having a bank account is no
longer the prerogative of the moneyed, but a basic need. It is absurd to
expect people, especially those in rural areas, to conduct transactions in
languages alien to them. Not everyone has access to education in an
English-medium school, while Hindi is only one of the 22 official
languages. By turning away customers just because they wish to communicate
in their native language in their own backyard, banks are not only
insulting them, but also denying them a basic right to service.


“It has come to our notice that customers are being attacked for wanting to
transact in Kannada,” Parameshwara tweeted in Kannada on Monday. “Banks
must warn their staff against such incidents and take action against
officials who take law into their own hands.”

Citing Reserve Bank of India (RBI) guidelines, Parameshwara said banks are
expected to adopt a threelanguage policy. He said printed material
including challans must be in English, Hindi and the local language of the
state.

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“The state government has time and again reminded bank officials at
high-level meetings that they must follow the three-language policy in
accordance with RBI guidelines,” he said in another tweet. “But it has not
been implemented. The non-Kannada speaking bank officials should at least
put in an effort to learn Kannada.”


Parameshwara’s tweets drew plenty of praise on the microblogging platform,
especially since it comes at a time when pro-Kannada organisations and the
Kannada Development Authority are fighting to ensure Indian Banking
Personnel Selection (IBPS) exams can also be taken in Kannada.
Top CommentAbsolutely the officials need to learn kanada, most north side
people are employed in banking sector, every now & then lower staff
translate well who are locals. When we can learn hindi why not the others
kanada.imtiaz ahmed


Pro-Kannada organisations are also demanding an amendment to the IBPS
rules, which has done away with an eligibility clause that mandates a job
applicant must have studied Kannada as a language till preuniversity, be
reversed.


“This is all because of the Centre relaxing banking recruitment rules,” one
Twitter user said in response to Parameshwara’s tweets. “Earlier, it was
compulsory that bank staff learn Kannada within six months after their
appointment, but now it has been relaxed. You should prevail upon the
Centre to bring it back.” S G Siddaramaiah, KDA chairman, welcomed
Parameshwara’s tweets and said the DCM now has to walk the talk

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 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

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