Jalandhar: Demanding a strict implementation of ‘Punjab, Punjabi and other languages Act 2008’, academicians, social thinkers, writers, politicians and the local residents on Tuesday joined hands to ensure that Punjabi was introduced in all the schools of the state. The gathering under the banner of Punjab Jagriti Manch (PJM) expressed hope that the upcoming new government in Punjab would keep a check that all schools, irrespective of being government or privately run to implement Punjabi language in the schools. “Punjabi should be made a compulsory subject from class I to X in all schools whether they were CBSE or ICSE Board affiliated in the state,” they emphasised.
These thoughts were shared by eminent speakers on the National Mother Tongue Language Day during which a Punjabi Jagriti March for the implementation of Punjabi language was held in Jalandhar. A large gathering of social thinkers including students started the march from Doaba Khalsa School, Jalandhar and concluded it at the local Desh Bhagat Yadgar Hall.
The Punjab Jagriti Manch members also handed over a memorandum to Deputy Commissioner Kamal Kishor Yadav in this regard. Addressing the gathering, Satnam Singh Manak, general secretary Punjab Jagriti Manch said that strict action should be taken against such schools, which were discouraging students from speaking Punjabi. “This was disrespect of our mother tongue while the next generation would never learn about the rich past of Punjab and Punjabi language,” he said.
Manak and SP Singh, the chairman of Sarbat da Bhala Charitable Trust and other eminent speakers also emphasized that Chandigarh, which was a Union Territory (UT) should be made the capital of Punjab. “Chandigarh was established after doing away with many Punjabi speaking areas, hence bringing an end to existence of Punjabi language in the region. Sadly, the bureaucrats in Chandigarh were also part of putting the existence of Punjabi into danger, as they prefer to communicate in Hindi and English language in official works,” he added.
The speakers also demanded amendment in section 348 of the constitution, so that entire official work from the lower court to Punjab and Haryana High Court was done in Punjabi language. “We also demand that all political parties and social thinkers join hands to ensure that educational institutions implement Punjabi language in letter and spirit. The technical and higher education should also be allowed in Punjabi and students comfortable in studying in their mother tongue did should not face any problem in getting jobs further,” they said.
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