Under pressure from the various pro-Kannada organizations, the state government has dropped the proposal of shutting down the government Kannada medium schools in the name of the merger. Earlier, the state government wanted to merge 28,847 government schools, citing poor enrollment as the reason. According to the sources on the DPI, the school merger proposal was first proposed in the year 2011 when the BJP government was in power. Later, it was confirmed in the year 2016. Coalition government also wanted to take the process forward. "However, this is the election year, the government decided to put the proposal in cold storage," informed a senior officer. "This decision has been confirmed in the state budget 2019 presented by CM HD Kumaraswamy, on February 8," explained a senior officer. SG Siddaramaiah, chairman, Kannada Book Authority informed that the experts have already submitted a detailed report to the state government on empowering the Kannada medium schools. "We thank the state government for dropping the proposal, but we want the state government to empower these schools," he added.