In Punjab, the government led by Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi has taken a big decision regarding the Punjabi language. According to this, the Punjabi language has been made a compulsory subject in all schools of the state from class 1 to class 10, while it has been announced to make it compulsory in government offices as well. The Punjabi language has been asked to be written at the top of the boards everywhere in the state. The government has also clarified that if a school violates this instruction, it may have to pay a fine of up to Rs 2 lakh.
Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi made two tweets in this regard on Friday, one of which is in the Punjabi language, while the other is its translation in English. It said, "In order to promote mother tongue, the Punjabi language has been made compulsory as a subject in schools of Punjab from class 1 to 10. In case of any violation or non-compliance by any school, it can be fined up to 2 lakh rupees. Now the Punjabi language will be mandatory in government offices also. All the boards in the state will also have the Punjabi language written on the top.
Earlier on Thursday, two important bills related to the Punjabi language were passed in the Punjab Assembly. The Punjabi and Other Languages Education (Amendment) Bill 2021 makes this language compulsory for students of classes 1 to 10 in state schools. Along with this, it also provides that if schools do not comply with this, then they can be fined up to two lakh rupees.
At the same time, under the Punjab State Language (Amendment) Bill 2021, the Punjabi language has been made compulsory in government offices of the state. Under this, the officers and employees have been instructed to do all the official work in the Punjabi language only. For violation of this, a provision of a fine of up to 5,000 has been made on the officers and employees.
It is worth mentioning here that the assembly elections are due in Punjab next year and the Congress is trying to strengthen its ground in the state after Captain Amarinder Singh's resignation as the Chief Minister and the formation of his new party. Angered by the appointment of Navjot Singh Sidhu as Punjab Congress President, Captain Amarinder Singh resigned from the post of CM after the intervention of the high command in the matter. After this, he has met Union Home Minister Amit Shah to National Security Advisor Ajit Doval in Delhi.
Captain Amarinder Singh has also formed his new party named Punjab Lok Congress. At the same time, he has not ruled out the possibility of a conditional alliance with the BJP. His displeasure with Navjot Singh Sidhu can be gauged from the fact that he has even said that he will not allow him to win the election. All these circumstances can create a challenge for Congress in view of the upcoming elections. In the midst of all this, the decisions of the Channi government related to Punjabi language identity are being considered very important.