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Karnataka starts drive to guarantee Kannada language alternative at all ATMs

The Kannada Development Authority alongside the Karnataka State Level Bankers Committee (SLBC) has launched a campaign to guarantee the Kannada language is provided as an option alongside English and Hindi at ATMs across the state.

The Kannada alternative is especially required in rural zones, where a majority of individuals are as yet dependent on ATM kiosks for transactions as they haven’t yet adapted to mobile banking, and aren’t knowledgeable in English and Hindi.

Kannada Development Authority Chairman TS Nagabharana disclosed to India Today that throughout the last numerous decades, there has been no distinct response on the requests made by the Karnataka government as far as language options at ATMs is concerned.

“Good governance needs good communication. Good communication means each state must have its language as a priority,” he said.

“If one looks at the overall technology, the entire deal is to bring more people into the platform and make it more accessible for all to use,” top MNC sources told India Today.

As per RBI information, Karnataka has 17,776 ATMs, of which 9,931 belong to public sector banks and 6,398 are possessed by private sector ones. There are additionally 1,108 white name ATMs that are controlled by non-banking private entities. Also, just 40% of these ATMs have the three-language alternative.

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