Chandigarh, Jul 24: The Punjab government has announced the Punjabi Sahit Shiromani Awards for the years 2007 and 2008 and has selected noted novelist Mr Jaswant Singh Kanwal and writer Dr Dalip Kaur Tiwana for this award.
Besides, 26 literary personalities from different fields have also been selected for various 13 Shiromani Awards at a meeting of State Advisory Board Languages department Punjab presided over by Education and Languages Minister Dr Upinderjit Kaur yesterday.
The 28 personalities have been selected unanimously for 14 different Shiromani awards by the advisory board which has also decided to change the name of Punjabi Sahit Shiromani Award to Punjabi Sahit Ratan.
Dr Kaur added that the prize money for the Punjabi Sahit Shiromani Award has been doubled from Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 5 lakh and for other Shiromani awards it has been increased from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 2.5 lakh.
During the meeting held here, Mr Jaswant Singh and Dr Dalip Kaur Tiwana have been selected for Punjabi Sahit Shiromani Award, Mr Kartar Singh Suri and Mr Pargat Singh Sidhu for Shiromani Punjabi Sahitkar Award, Dr Chander Trikha and Mrs Virender Sandhu for Shiromani Hindi Sahitkar Award, Mr Prem Kumar and Dr Nashir Naqvi for Shiromani Urdu Sahitkar Award, Dr Brij Bihari Choube and Dr Ravinder Kaur for Shiromani Sanskrit Sahitkar Award.
Dr Harinder Singh Mehboob and Mrs Sukhwinder Amrit were selected Shiromani Punjabi Kavi (poet) Award, Mr Karnail Singh Thind and Dr Jaswinder Singh for Shiromani Punjabi Gyan Sahitkar/Alochik Award, Mr Parminder Sodhi (Japan) and Janab Fakhar Zaman (Pakistan) for Shiromani Punjabi Sahitkar (overseas) Award, Mr Chotu Ram Moudgil and Mr S Saki for Shiromani Punjabi Sahitkar Award (out of Punjab), Mr Jasbir Singh Jass and Dr Sukhwant Kaur Mann for Shiromani Punjabi Bal Sahitkar Lekhak (writer) Award, Mr G S Sidhu Damdami (Punjabi Tribune) and Mr Paramjit Singh Sasan (Ajit) for Shiromani Punjabi Patarkar Award.
Bhai Banta Singh Ragi and Bhai Gursharn Singh Ragi have been chosen for Shiromani Ragi/Dhadi/Kavishar Award, Mrs Gurmeet Bawa and Mr G S Sachdev (flute) for Shiromani Punjabi Singer/Musician Award, Mr Amrik Gill and Mr Jatinder Brar has been selected for Shiromani Punjabi TV/Radio/Theater/Natak/Actor/Producer/Writer Award.
The Minister said Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal would present the awards in a function to be held here on August 8.