Substantial part of budget for Konkani, assures CM


Asserting that the government is committed to promote Konkani language, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday said the government would appoint 3-4 translators in every department to make maximum use of Konkani in the administration.
That’s not all. Parrikar said his government would try to present wholly or a substantial part of this year’s budget estimates in the House in Konkani and complimented Speaker Rajendra Arlekar for conducting proceedings of the House in Konkani.
He was speaking at the inaugural function of the three day 21st All India Konkani Literary conference at the Ravindra Bhavan, here. “Once we decide to appoint 3-4 Konkani translators in every department, Konkani students studying in Goa University will get a support mechanism,” he said, adding that government can give a push to something, but it should be carried forward by the society.
“To reduce the use of English in the administration, my government has started six month Konkani crash courses for IAS officers to acclimatize to the local language” he said.
In his inaugural address, eminent writer and Gyanpith award winner, Girish Karnad said that imparting English medium education to children will make them great technologists, scientists and technicians, but they will become poor thinkers.
“I personally believe that children should be taught in one’s mother tongue. Otherwise, they will not develop the thinking capacity,” he said.
Karnad said the electronic technology has made everyone feel that a child has to learn in English and that the mother tongues are unnecessary. “In Karnataka, this has become a major problem. Everyone wants to send their children to English medium schools,” he said.
Earlier, President of the Conference Datta Damodar Naik welcomed, while President of Goa Konkani Academy Pundalik Nayak also spoke. [H]