Punjabi Lekhak Sabha (PLS) today demanded inclusion of Punjabi language as compulsory subject in school syllabus.
As per press release, fortnightly literary meet of PLS was held at Tagore Academy, Rani Talab, Digiana, Jammu under the chairmanship of Ajit Singh Mastana.
In the meeting members expressed their resentment towards the order no. 333- Edu. Dated 19.06.2017 issued by Education Department of J&K State and said that it is a setback to the expectations of the Punjabi speaking people of the state.
A resolution was also passed demanding the implementation of Punjabi as a compulsory subject in the schools at high school level as Punjabi is spoken by a large number of people as their mother tongue in the state, irrespective of their religions.
The members showed their concern over discrimination of the concerned agencies with Punjabi language and Punjabi speaking people and the order has created resentment among the lovers of Punjabi language.
Till 1981, Punjabi was one of the major languages along with Hindi and Urdu but in the light of three language formula, Punjabi was been ignored. After a long struggle, it was re- inducted at primary level but now this new order has marginalized Punjabi forever.
It further said that the Government has tried to create a wedge between different linguistic groups of J&K and diluted the concept of Mother Tongue by imposing three regional languages upon the people. It's quite strange that the government is trying to push Punjabi language to the corner, though Punjabi is spoken in more than 125 countries in the world.