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‘Only 25% of govt. websites available in Kannada’


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MYSURU, NOVEMBER 27, 2017 00:56 IST
UPDATED: NOVEMBER 27, 2017 00:56 IST

The non-availability of a majority of government websites in Kannada was decried at a session


on Kannada Technology at the 83rd Akhila Bharata Kannada Sahitya Sammelana in Mysuru on
Sunday.

K.A. Dayanand, CEO, Bengaluru Rural Zilla Panchayat, regretted that a majority of government
websites were not available in Kannada despite a direction issued by the government in this
regard.
A study by Kannada Development Authority (KDA) had found that barely 25% of the websites
had the option to switch to Kannada, said Mr. Dayanand, who was till recently the Director of
Department of Kannada and Culture, Bengaluru. He called upon the government to bar
websites that do not have the option to switch over to Kannada from being hosted on the e-
governance server. “Merely issuing a letter to have the Kannada option in the websites will not
work. They should not be allowed to be hosted on the e-governance server,” he said.

Later, Mr. Dayanand said the National Informatics Centre (NIC), a Union government
undertaking, handles only a very small percentage of State government websites. A majority
of websites are developed by the respective departments and hosted on the e-governance
server, he added.

During his address on problems of implementation of e-governance, Mr. Dayanand regretted


the failure of the departments to use Unicode developed by the Department of Kannada and
Culture for reading files sent in different fonts and formats. Even though the State
government had issued a notification more than five years ago to all government
departments to use the Unicode, atleast 50% of the departments had failed to adopt the same.
This Unicode can be downloaded from the website of the Department of Kannada and Culture
– www.kannadasiri.co.in. The Unicode was developed to overcome the use of Kannada in
computers. “If a file in Nudi software was sent, the receiver having a Baraha software or other
software was unable to read it,” he said.

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So, the departments and agencies, who had not downloaded the Unicode software, will not
able to read the files sent in Unicode. This, Mr Dayanand lamented, was affecting use of
Kannada in computers. “When a file is sent in Kannada, the sender receives a reply asking for
the file to be sent in English,” he remarked.
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