Covid scare looms over Kannada Sahitya Sammelana- The New Indian Express

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BENGALURU: The Kannada Sahitya Sammelana, an annual Kannada literary event, has been postponed five times this year due to Covid-19. According to the schedule already announced, it will be held for three days from January 6, 2023 in Haveri.

It was not held for the last three years, again due to Covid, and this time, it is expected to attract at least three lakh people. Preparations for Kannada Sahitya Parishat and district organizing committees have already started. But with the fear of another wave of Covid, the Department of Health has done so
advised people to maintain social distance.

The last meeting, the 85th edition, was held in February 2020 in Kalaburagi, when the pandemic was about to break out. The next event was expected to be held in January 2021, but was postponed due to the second and third waves of Covid. Later, the state government announced that it would be held in January 2022.

But since then, it has been delayed five times for various reasons, including Covid restrictions. From January 2022, it was postponed to March and then to May. Later, CM Basavaraj Bommai himself announced that it would be held from September 23 to 25. But later, he wrote to Kannada Sahitya Parishat president Mahesh Joshi Bommai and Kannada and Culture Minister Sunil Kumar, asking for a postponement till November 2022. it was not appropriate as the government was tied up with the Global Investors Meet on November 2-4. December was also not acceptable because the current parliamentary session was already scheduled.

Labor Minister Shivaram Hebbar, who is also the Haveri district minister, told TNIE that the guidelines issued by the state and central governments from Friday have asked people not to panic. “No restrictions have been placed on congregations, but people have only been asked to take precautions.

We still have time. If this situation arises, we will consult with the CM and take a decision in favor of the people”, he added. A BJP leader said they are keen to hold the event. “When the Karnataka-Maharashtra border dispute is happening, it is the right time to show the unity of the state and hold Kannada with pride. We hope that the situation will improve and the event will be organized in a big way,” he said.

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