KANNADA, ENGLISH WEBSITE FOR PASSPORT APPLICATION
Bangalore, June 21 (DV)- The Regional Passport Office here has launched a new website in Kannada and English.
The website is http://www.rpobangalore.gov.in/. This is being managed by National Information Centre here.
The already existing website www.kar.nic.in/passport will also be functional along with this. Till the new website is fully functional, the old website can be made use of.
The new bilingual website with complete information is user friendly and easily communicates with other websites. To see the Kannada version, Baraha should be downloaded to the computer.
Information in Kannada is available along with English. The web site contains information on passport application, rules, method of obtaining passport, documents required, speed-post, list of post offices, information on district passport cells, Tathkal scheme etc. Regional Passport Office has already made arrangements since May 5 to submit applications in the morning and to obtain token online.
Applicants seeking passport can get their names registered online by submitting the application a day in advance and get the token, says a press release.
However, the website (Kannada home is here) is encoded in an obsolete Baraha font called "Baraha Kan New" which is not supported by the latest versions of Baraha. Also, it's just too careless, shortsighted and ignorant of the RPO to not make the website in Unicode which is the only international encoding supported by every browser and operating system worth its name. The net result - the website displays junk characters instead of Kannada on most browsers and operating systems. We've tried Windows XP, Windows Vista, Linux, Mac and Solaris operating systems, and Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari browsers. Nope. It's junk instead of Kannada everywhere.
Does all this carelessness simply display the lack of seriousness of the central government in implementing Kannada in administration? Does the central government have in its DNA what it takes to take Kannada seriously?
And by the way, any guesses on what it takes to have our passports printed in Kannada and English instead of Hindi and English?