Srinagar, July 13
All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC) today hailed the decision of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to introduce Punjabi language as a compulsory subject in the higher classes in Jammu and Kashmir. Thanking Ms Mehbooba and Education Minister Syed Mohammad Atlaf Bukhari, APSCC Chairman Jagmohan Singh Raina said the step would go a long way in restoring the glory of the Punjabi language in the state.
He said it is heartening that the state government has listened to its conscience and ordered for teaching Punjabi as one of the compulsory subjects in the educational institutions of the state.
“Since Punjabi language is one of the oldest languages of the state, it needed to be given a boost by the people at helm. The directions issued by the government in this regard would act as a morale booster for the language and also to the people who are attached to it in many ways,” Mr Raina said.
The APSCC chairman said that the state government has paid heed to the demands made by the members of Sikh community in this regard both in Kashmir and Jammu divisions.
He said that Punjabi besides being popular among the Sikhs is also popular among the Muslims and Hindus living in India and Pakistan. “Language does not belong to any community or religion but it belongs to the people who speak, read and write the same irrespective of their religious affiliation. The Jammu and Kashmir constitution gives due recognition to all the regional languages and it is the duty of the state government to make the facilities available in this regard. It should take all the steps so that Punjabi is taught as a compulsory subject in the educational institutions of the state at the higher level,” Mr Raina said.