Karnataka wants separateflag for State, forms panel

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 19 Jul 2017 09:46:53



THE Karnataka government has initiated a move for a separate flag for the State with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Tuesday stoutly defending this step after it came under attack from rival parties. A nine-member committee has been formed by the Congress government and tasked with submitting a report on designing a separate flag for the State and providing a legal standing for it, an official said on Tuesday. If the flag comes into being, Karnataka will be the second State to have its official flag after Jammu and Kashmir, which enjoys a special status under Article 370 of the Constitution.

The committee, headed by the principal secretary, Department of Kannada and Culture, was set up last month following a representation from noted Kannada writer and journalist Patil Puttappa, and social worker Bheemappa Gundappa Gadada. Puttappa and Gadada in their representation had requested the government to design a separate flag for “Kannada Naadu’ and accord it legal standing. The panel comprises secretaries to the departments of Personnel and Administrative Services, Home, Law and Parliamentary Affairs, as also president of Kannada Sahitya Parishat, chairman of Kannada Development Authority, and vice-chancellor of Kannada University, Hampi, as its members.