The Punjab assembly on Monday, March 15 unanimously passed a resolution seeking Punjabi be accorded first language status in the union territory (UT) of Chandigarh.
A central government administered UT, Chandigarh is the joint capital of Punjab and Haryana.
The resolution, moved by Education Minister Upinderjit Kaur, said Chandigarh city was established (in early 1950s) in nearly 30,000 acres of land of 28 villages of erstwhile undivided Punjab before Haryana and Himachal Pradesh were carved out of it, 'but Punjabi, the mother-tongue of Punjabis, was never accorded its due respect, significance and recognition'.
'It is being treated with indifference and neglect,' the resolution said, demanding first language status be accorded to Punjabi language and it should be made compulsory and taught from class 1 to Class 10 in all schools.
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