Govt. to issue Ordinance
on Punjabi Language
CHANDIGARH, MARCH 30, 2008
The Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today called
for world wide campaign for the preservation and promotion of
Punjabi Language and Culture.
Mr. Badal was addressing eminent Punjabi men of letters who
called on him to felicitate him on the Punjab Government's decision
to introduce Punjabi language as a compulsory subject in all schools
in the State and to strictly enforce it as a medium of official
The Chief Minister declared that the Government would not wait
till the next session of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha to implement
its decisions on the use of Punjabi language in all Government
and semi-Government offices and to introduce it as a compulsory
subject in schools. An ordinance to the effect will soon be issued,
he told the visiting writers and intellectuals.
Giving details of the meeting, Mr. Harcharan Bains Media Advisor
to Chief Minister told news persons that Mr. Badal also announced
the creation of an endowment fund to introduce health insurance
scheme for the needy and aged Punjabi writers and intellectuals.
He also announced a grant of Rs. 5 lacs each for Kendri Punjabi
Lekhak Sabha (Sekhon), Kendri Punjabi Lekhak Sabha, and Punjabi
Sahit Academy Ludhiana. The Chief Minister also asked the writers
to prepare a detailed proposal for the grant of Rs. 25 lac for
renovation of Punjabi Bhawan at Ludhiana, said Mr. Bains.
Mr. Badal asked Punjabi writers to constitute a 7-member committee
to prepare a blue print for greater interaction between the Government
and writers and intellectuals for the promotion & preservation
of Punjabi culture and language.
The writers including celebrated Punjabi poet Surjit Patar,
novelist and critic Jaswant Singh Kanwal, story writers and journalist
Gulzar Singh Sandhu and Mohan Bhandari, hailed the Government's
decisions to enact legislation on the use of Punjabi language
in schools and Government offices. They urged him to take up the
issue of according Punjabi its due status in states like Haryana,
Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, J&K and Delhi, said Mr. Bains.
The meeting which lasted about an hour was attended by Minister
for Cultural Affairs Mr. Hira Singh Gabria and Media Advisor Mr.
Harchran Bains. The writers who called on the Chief Minister included
Mr. Gurbhajan Gill, Mr Kirpal Kazak, Prof. Anup Virk, Mr. Baljit
Balli, Principal Perm Singh Bajaj, Dr. Guriqbal Singh, Dr. Kuldeep
Singh Dhir, Dr Sarvjit Singh, Ravider Bhattal, Mrs Sukhwinder
Amrit, renowned lyric writer Mr. Inderjit Hasanpuri, Prof. Jaswinder
Singh and Dr. Surjit Singh.