Ensure all sign boards in the Punjabi language in Punjab before February 21, 2023
Contents News/Article Date:1st February 2023
Relating to which Act: State Language Act 1967, State Language Act (Amendment) 2008, and State Language (Amendment) Act, 2021
Applicable to which State: State of Punjab
Type: As per the orders of the government, all should ensure that the signboards at any place must be changed to Punjabi language, said Dr. Jagdeep Singh Sandhu, District Language Officer, Ferozepur.
Pertains to: all the government and non-government institutions of the state of Punjab besides offices/departments/institutes/educational institutions/boards/corporations, public and private shops, and commercial establishments
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And in this instance: Chief Minister of Punjab Bhagwant Maan has already appealed to all the people of Punjab that by 21 February 2023, names of all the government and non-government institutions of the state of Punjab besides offices/departments/institutes/educational institutions/boards/corporations, public and private shops, and commercial establishments, names of roads, stripes, milestones/sign boards should be written in Punjabi language (Gurmukhi script). If the name is to be written in another language, it should be written after the Punjabi language (Gurmukhi script).
Instructions in this regard have also been issued by the Department of Higher Education and Languages of the Government of Punjab.
Dr. Jagdeep Singh Sandhu said that the Punjab government is very serious about this matter, so no negligence should be used. He said that Punjabi, our mother tongue, is the lifeline of the state of Punjab and the pride of Punjabiat. He said that we all have a moral duty to give due respect to the mother tongue. He appealed to all the institutions under the relevant orders to investigate the places under their jurisdiction and pay special attention to correct wording.
Subject: Ensure all sign boards in the Punjabi language in Punjab before February 21, 2023.
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The Punjab government orders all public, and private establishments to change signboards, and nameplates to Punjabi by February 21
Names of government offices, educational institutions, boards, corporations, NGOs, shops, and business establishments have to be written in the Punjabi language
The Punjab government has issued orders for writing all signboards and nameplates in public as well as private establishments in the state of the Punjabi language.
The establishments have been ordered to make the changes within three weeks–by February 21 (International Mother Language Day), failing which a fine ranging from Rs 500 to Rs 5000 could be imposed as per the Punjab Official Languages Act.
Sharing the information, Chandandeep Kaur, district language officer, Patiala, on Wednesday said the initiative has been taken for the proliferation of the Punjabi language. Kaur said all names of government offices, semi-government offices, educational institutions, boards, corporations, NGOs, shops, and business establishments have to be written in Punjabi language (Gurmukhi script) for the purpose of the proliferation of the Punjabi language.
“Along with them, names of roads, nameplates, milestones, and signboards will also be written in the Punjabi language,” she said.
Importantly, the orders apply to private shops and establishments as well, though the officer said the Act does not have provisions to issue them a fine.
She said after February 21, the government officials responsible for making the changes at government institutions will be fined as per the Punjab official languages (amendment) act, 2021, which warrants finely of Rs 500 for the first violation, upto Rs 2000, and upto Rs 5000 for the second and third violations, respectively.
Meanwhile, with this decision, the government has fulfilled the long-pending demands for the implementation of the Punjabi language.