The Punjabi Cultural Council on Saturday has taken strong exception to the stoppage of Punjabi news bulletins from Akashwani Delhi. It has also demanded from the Union government that these bulletins should be continued keeping in view the fact that Punjabi speaking population constitute 35 per cent of the total population of Delhi.
Through a letter submitted to the Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu, Chairman Punjabi Cultural Council Harjit Singh Grewal said that Prasar Bharti had promulgated a proposal to shift Punjabi and some other regional language bulletins, being telecast for decades from All India Radio (AIR), New Delhi, to the respective capitals of the states but Urdu and Sanskrit news had been kept out of the ambit. He further said that it reflected a partial attitude towards Punjabi language.
Divulging more, Finance Secretary, Punjabi Cultural Council, Baljit Singh Saini said that such a step was unprecedented in the history of radio and facts also did not seem to favour the Prasar Bharti in this case. Raising the demand in an emphatic manner to stop the grave injustice and step motherly treatment to the regional languages, the council members said that Punjabi bulletins from the AIR should be continued and the requisite staff must be recruited besides evolving strategies on increasing the bulletins.
Meanwhile, the SGPC has condemned the AIR Delhi centre’s decision to discontinue Punjabi news bulletin under its regional languages section.In a press release issued here, SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar said, “The AIR is citing shortage of staff as an excuse for the move. Discontinuing the Punjabi news bulletin is an injustice with Punjabi-speaking population in Delhi.”
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