TWITTERATI, PRO-KANNADA ACTIVISTS WIN RACE AGAINST ‘MULTILINGUAL CALL CENTRE’, MAYOR DENIES ‘MOVE’ – CENSURE MEDIA FOR CREATING RUMOURS
In a major development, the first citizen of Bengaluru, Mr.Manjunath Reddy, Mayor of Bengaluru refuted reports on suggesting the start of a Multilingual Call Centre in Bengaluru.
He has come down heavily on Media, for creating confusion among people and hurting the sentiments of Kannadigas.
NEWS BASED ON A REPORT BY BANGALORE MIRROR, DATED: JUNE 27TH, 2016.
Bangalore Mirror had carried out a report with the headline ” BBMP TO SETUP MULTILINGUAL CALL CENTRE FOR GRIEVANCES” and quoted that the civic agency would hire telecallers conversant in Hindi, English and other South Indian languages like Malayalam, Telugu and Tamil apart from Kannada.
“It is really sad to know that the ethics of Journalism has fallen to a new low by spreading such rumours”, the Mayor said.
“I really don’t know where they got this news from”. Our PRO has repeatedly denied such claims” he said, when this correspondent called him.
However, it is really surprising to know that the Mayor and his office took so long to deny any such development of starting a ‘Multilingual Call Centre’ in BBMP headquarters.
Samanya Kannadiga had protested vehemently on BBMP’s move of starting this Multilingual Call Center on June 30th. The hashtag #ParaBhasheBeda was trending in Twitter.
This is also a classic case of ‘Sensationalism’ by the Media, particularly Bangalore Mirror, for making usubstantiated reports and without verifying the credentials with the highest authority which is the Hon’ble Mayor and Commissioner. It remains to be seen if the BBMP legal cell will initiate any action for making ‘unverified claims’ and damaging their reputation.