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Not lineman, you should call them Shaktimitra, suggests CM

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s love for Kannada impressed thousands at Palace Ground attending the Power Awards presented by the Energy Department, here on Saturday evening.

Published: 29th October 2017 02:02 AM  |   Last Updated: 29th October 2017 09:41 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

BENGALURU: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s love for Kannada impressed thousands at Palace Ground attending the Power Awards presented by the Energy Department, here on Saturday evening.

In his address, Energy Minister

D K Shivakumar said that the energy department had been thinking of replacing the word ‘lineman’ with ‘powerman’, a symbol of energy. In Kannada, ‘lineman’ is called ‘Maargadaalu’, someone who installs and maintains electrical power.

When his turn to speak came, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said: “Hey Shivkumar, think of a Kannada word for ‘Powerman’. It is not convincing. Translate ‘Powerman’ to Kannada,” he suggested.

A few seconds later, as he continued to talk in colloquial Kannada, Siddaramaiah himself coined the word ‘Shaktimitra’ as a direct translation of ‘Powerman’. “Lineman is an old word. Is Shaktimitra’ okay?” he asked, while looking for the approval of the gathering. The crowd gave a huge applause as a mark of approval.

Mahadev, a lineman in Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (BESCOM), said, as a Kannadiga, he felt proud of the Kannada word suggested by the Chief Minister. Shivanand Patil, who works as a lineman in Bidadi, also approved of the word. The Energy Department had organised the programme for the first time to present Power Awards to employees who contributed innovative ideas.

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