BENGALURU: Only the best of achievers were selected by the section committee for the Karnataka Rajyotsava awards, said Chief Minister Siddaramaiah here on Tuesday.
“Unlike previous governments when the number of awardees used to cross 100, our government limited it to 61 as we want only the best to be given the recognition. And I have not interfered in the process in any way. My only advice to the committee was to select individuals who can be an inspiration to the society,” he said during the felicitation programme of the awardees at Ravindra Kalakshetra.
He said the state would not compromise when it came to land, border and language. If necessary, we will take strict action for the future of the state, he added.
“Unlike the people of Andhra Pradesh or Tamil Nadu, we need not have to be too devoted to language, but whatever is needed and required from us to do, should be done,” he said.
On the occasion, Kannada and Culture Minister Umashree took the opportunity to announce the ‘Digital Library Project’.
“In order to promote our language and culture, we are making Kannada literature and poetry digital. Both Kannada and non-Kannada people will be able to access 500-year-old Kannada books online,” she said. Siddaramaiah, Bengaluru Development Minister K J George and BBMP Mayor Padmavathi launched the project.