After setting a six-month deadline for bank staff to learn Kannada, the Kannada Development Authority (KDA) has asked the Institute of Banking and Personnel Selection (IBPS) to put on hold its exams until an option is introduced to answer them in regional languages.
IBPS is scheduled to hold examination on September 9 and 10 to fill over 9,000 posts in rural banks in Karnataka.
KDA on Wednesday urged Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to impress upon the Union Ministry of Finance to stop IBPS from holding the scheduled recruitment examination “in the interest of Karnataka and Kannada.” Failure to stop the examination will result in non-Kannadigas getting recruited to rural banks and rural people, especially farmers, will become victims if employees cannot speak the local language, said S.G. Siddaramaiah, chairman, KDA, in his letter to the Chief Minister.
Decentralisation of the recruitment system and according priority to people with knowledge of native languages will help in reaching services to the people, especially in rural areas in the federal structure, he said.
Till 2014, recruitment norms accorded priority to those who studied Kannada as one of the languages from classes 1 to 10. But, with IBPS taking over the recruitment process, those with knowledge of Hindi and English are getting priority over regional languages, he said. He described the IBPS recruitment policy as imposition of Hindi and English.
Recently, KDA urged the Chief Minister to withdraw consent given by the government on holding centralised system in the recruitment of district judges.