Belgaum – District Collector Nitesh Patil has given strict instructions to the officials that besides implementing the Kannada Language Comprehensive Development Bill-2022 adequately, the authorities should take steps to ensure that 60% Kannada is used on the nameboards of every shop-front in the district.
He presided over the district level meeting on the implementation of the Kannada Language Integrated Development Bill-2022 and on the use of Kannada language in nameboards held in the hall of the District Collector’s office on Monday (March 11).
According to the bill implemented by the government, Kannada must be in the ratio of 60% and other languages in the ratio of 40%. Kannada language should be displayed above the nameboards of all the offices and shop fronts in the district. This order must be implemented by March 13.
All Gram Panchayats of the District: The Kannada Language Integrated Development Bill should be adequately implemented under the jurisdiction of urban local bodies and under the jurisdiction of Belgaum Municipal Corporation.

In some places Kannada and other languages are found to be in the ratio of 50:50. He said that the authorities should take action to change such name boards immediately and keep them in the ratio of 60:40 per cent as per the rules.

As Belagavi is a border district, concerned department officials should take strict action in Belagavi city and border areas, District Collector Nitesh Patila instructed. Deputy Director of Kannada and Culture Department Vidyavathy Bhajantri conducted the meeting.
Deputy Commissioner of Police PV Sneha, Additional District Collector Vijayakumar Honakeri, Commissioner of Mahanagara Corporation PN Lokesh, Planning Director of District Urban Development Cell Mahantesh Kaladagi, Deputy Secretary of District Panchayat Rekha Dollinavara, Deputy Divisional Officer of Bylahongala Prabhavathi Fakirpur and others were present in the meeting.