STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Karnataka: Now, KDA wants Kannada in passports too

Says there are many countries which issue passports in the local languages.

Published: 22nd March 2018 03:05 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd March 2018 03:05 AM   |  A+A-

Reuters file image of Passport

Express News Service

BENGALURU: Riding on a string of successes in increasing Kannada visibility on boards across Bengaluru and the state, Kannada Development Authority (KDA) chairman Prof S G Siddaramaiah is now nurturing an ambitious dream: To have Kannada on passports issued by the Regional Passport Offices in the state.

Siddaramaiah said KDA will insist that Regional Passport Offices in Karnataka use Kannada on every passport they issue henceforth. “It could be on the cover page of the passport to the inside pages where stamping is done… Also, the last page that has the name and other details of passport holders should be printed in Kannada along with English.”

A passport is a travel document issued by a government that certifies the identity and nationality of its holder, primarily for the purpose of international travel. For that matter, any regional script on the passport will not make any difference to the foreign immigration officials screening the document.For them, English is the language that matters and it is one of the two official languages of India as per the Constitution, the other being Hindi (Devanagari script).But Siddaramaiah insists, “There are many countries across the world which issue passports with their regional languages. It’s a matter of pride… We are going to meet the passport officials this week to discuss the matter.’’

Prof Siddaramiah, after taking charge as KDA chairman, has made various authorities use Kannada in their day-to-day work — visibly and audibly. Just a few months ago, he and his team visited Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) where they forced the airport authorities to use Kannada in their announcements.

“Now, announcements are being made in Kannada along with English. Even the arrival/departure display boards are in English and Kannada. Earlier, it was English and Hindi,’’ Siddaramiah told The New Indian Express. This apart, even the travelogue related to Karnataka and booklets are available in Kannada, too, he pointed out.

Stay up to date on all the latest Bengaluru news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp