Punjabi gets second language status in Haryana
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Last Updated: Thursday, January 28, 2010, 21:58
Chandigarh: The Haryana Government has granted second language status to Punjabi in the state, which has a sizable population of Punjabis.

"We have issued notification and accorded second language status to Punjabi...Now, any member (MLA) of the Vidhan Sabha can ask a question in Punjabi," Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda told reporters here.

The government would make concerted efforts for the promotion of Punjabi language and literature, he promised.

The community, which includes about 15 lakh Sikhs, has a sizeable presence in Kurukshetra, Karnal, Faridabad and Gurgaon.

Last year, A C Choudhry, who was a minister in the previous Congress cabinet, had raised a banner of revolt, alleging that his own party-led government had ignored the Punjabi-speaking community.

To placate the community, Hooda had also helped his party MLA Shadi Lal Batra, a member of the community, get a Rajya Sabha nomination.


First Published: Thursday, January 28, 2010, 21:58

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