Mangaluru | Describing Konkani as a ‘sister language’ of Kannada, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah today said the contribution of Konkani-speaking people in building Karnataka was noteworthy.
Speaking after laying the foundation stone for a Konkani museum at nearby Shaktinagar, he said the language was spoken by people belonging to three regions from Gujarat to Karnataka and it had a special bond with Kannada. He said the government would consider the demand of the Konkani Sahitya Academy to give importance to the language at the pre-university level along with high schools and graduation levels.
The government had already sanctioned Rs 2.5 crore for the project and would extend more financial help in the future, he said. NRI entrepreneur Ronald Colaco, who also spoke, said Konkani had a history of several thousands of years and was spoken by around 50 lakh people.
Karnataka had become the home for a majority of Konkani speaking people, he said. The project is being undertaken at a cost of Rs 30 crore by Konkani organisation ‘Mandd Sobhann.’