Shettar said that, "We will not take any decision that is against the wished of the people or the language of the state. We will not close any Kannada School even if it means a burden on the exchequer,". He gave the assurance after Sudheendra Kulkarni, media adviser to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and literarure Chandrashekar Kambar raised the issue at a Book release function in the city.
The CM further says that the Government will soon come out with a mission programme for maximizing the use of internet for enrichment of Kannada language. He also promised early action on the issue of unicode for Kannada language, approval of which has been for the last several months.
Initially, Kulkarni mentioned about the closure of these schools. "I am pained to hear that 13,000 Kannada schools are going to be closed in my home state. That should not happen." He knocked the use of internet to sustain and enrich Kannada further, "In fact all native languages in India can be saved by using internet," Kulkarni said.
Gnanapeetha award winner, Literature Chandrashekar Kambar advocated education in the mother tongue till tenth standard, saying it was a vision envisaged by Mahatma Gandhi himself.