Ordinance on Punjabi to be made punitive: Dr Upinderjit

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Chandigarh, Apr 3 (UNI) Punjab government would ensure that punitive portion of proposed ordinance on Punjabi language implementation in the state were made into legally watertight act, Education and Languages Minister Upinderjit Kaur said here today.

Discussing the proposed draft of ordinance to amend the Punjabi Language Act in the meeting of Punjabi Consultative Committee, the Minister asked the Secretary Education to get the draft ready within seven days for its early implementation.

The meeting focused in making Punjabi language user-friendly and flexible adaptable to changing needs of modern society, the Minister suggested that Punjabi language should adopt day to day words of English and focus should be to make the language IT enabled.

Describing this ordinance as a major challange for SAD-BJP Govt.

under the leadership of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, the Minister said that our future generations would be grateful for this historic and bold step.

The Minister asked the Language department to convene a meeting with Punjabi University Patiala and IT department to finalise the proposal for Punjabipedia and for launching Punjabi browser.

The university was asked to indicate the time frame for its implementation. The Minister would also constitute a legal committee that would study the implementation of Punjabi language in court work in the State.

The proposed draft of ordinance is slated to be finanlised in the next meeting of Punjabi Consultative Committee scheduled on April 10.

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