Ministers from the State urged Keralites residing here to learn Kannada at the Confederation of Karnataka Malayalees Associations (CKMA) Meet at the Koramangala Indoor Stadium on Sunday.
Ramalinga Reddy, Transport and city in-charge minister, said it was important for Malayalees residing in the State to learn Kannada as it would help them in their daily business activities.
“Kerala is known to have the highest literacy rate in the country. Many Keralites live in our State. Most of them have their own businesses. Learning Kannada and being able to speak and understand the language will only help their business,” he said.
Minister for Food and Civil Supplies, Dinesh Gundu Rao, said that Keralites were a hardworking people. “Thousands of Malayalees have settled in the State and made Karnataka their home. We consider you citizens of the State. Those of you who do not know Kannnada should learn the language and be able to converse in it. This is the minimum courtesy that you can show when you live in another State,” he said.
The CKMA presented a memorandum to Dinesh Gundu Rao and requesting the CM to provide land in the city so that a Kerala House can be set up. The memorandum was presented by former minister J Alexander.
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