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Friday, 4 September 2020

Excluding Punjabi from JK Bill unfair: Ministers

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 3

Cabinet ministers Charanjit Singh Channi and Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa today flayed the Centre over the exclusion of Punjabi from the Jammu and Kashmir Official Languages Bill. They said it was another attack on the federal structure of the country.

Review move: SGPC

Taking cognisance of the exclusion of Punjabi from the Jammu and Kashmir Official Languages Bill, the SGPC has asked the Centre to review the move. SGPC president Gobind Singh Longowal appealed to the MPs from Punjab to raise the issue in Parliament.

They termed the move "anti-minority" and said the BJP-led Modi government and the Shiromani Akali Dal, which was a part of the NDA government, was equally responsible for the move. The ministers said Punjabi was the part and parcel of the constitution of Jammu and Kashmir before the abrogation of Article 370.

They said Punjabi was popular among a large population of Jammu and Kashmir and the move had hurt the sentiments of lakhs of Punjabi-speaking people in the UT. "The Government of India has taken an extreme step. It has caused resentment among the minorities of not only Jammu and Kashmir, but also of Punjab," one of the ministers said.

"Countries like Canada and UK have given due recognition to Punjabi at the international level, but in the country of its origin, the BJP-led NDA government has done this shameful act," he added.

from The Tribune

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