Stern action against violators of Punjab language act

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Chandigarh, Apr 26 (UNI) Punjab Education and Languages Minister Dr Upinderjit Kaur has directed all the departments, boards, corporations, subordinate courts and educational institutions to begin official use of Punjabi language in the right earnest in keeping with the spirit of ordinance to amend Punjab Languages Act (PLA).

Dr. Upinderjit Kaur categorically said that no leniency would be tolerated after the promulgation of the said act in the state.

"In pursuance to the unanimous resolutions adopted by the Punjab Vidhan Sabha recently, a collective responsibility on our shoulders has been added to promote our mother tongue Punjabi in the state and to give due recognition to Punjabi, an ordinance had been drafted to amend the statutory PLA to make Punjabi as an official language at all administrative level including subordinate courts and universities in Punjab", said Dr. Upinderjit Kaur.

The proposed ordinance on Punjabi language implementation had been made legally water-tight act incorporating punitive measures for erring officials.

Elaborating the directions being issued to various heads of departments, district authorities and educational institutes, the language minister said that they should have to replace their name plates, notice boards, forms, applications and other documents in Punjabi and use Punjabi as an official language in their day to day functions.

"Those flouting the rules and regulations would invite punitive measures as enshrined in the ordinance as well as the Punjab Civil Service rules", cautioned the Minister.

The Minister also directed the Punjab Languages epartment to carry out inspections of all offices/institutions and recommend legally punitive actions against the erring employees or officers to the state government. The deterrent punishment for not using the Punjabi would be more severe for the repeated offences, she added.

The language minister added that by implementing Punjabi as a compulsory subject in the educational institutions, the tri-language formula would also be protected in true letter and spirit so that our students could compete at international and national fora by learning English and Hindi language.

To make Punjabi language as user-friendly and adaptable to changing technologies of modern society, the Minister suggested that the language should adopt day-to-day words of English language and efforts should be made to make it IT-enabled.

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