Congress leader and Rajya Sabha member Pratap Singh Bajwa on Wednesday composed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, requesting him to consist of Punjabi as a main language of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
The Centre on September 2 had actually authorized the Jammu and Kashmir Official Languages Bill, 2020, consisting of Kashmiri, Dogri and Hindi as main languages of the Union Territory, apart from the existing Urdu and English.
In his letter to the PM, Mr Bajwa highlighted the long historic connection in between Jammu and Kashmir and his state, and prompted him to reassess the costs to consist of Punjabi in the list.
Also throughout Zero Hour in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, he raised the problem of Punjabi not being consisted of in the list of main language of J&K.
In Rajya Sabha, the MP from Punjab highlighted that Punjabi is spoken by a substantial variety of individuals in the Union Territory.
He likewise mentioned that Schedule 6 of the Constitution of the erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir acknowledged 8 languages, consisting of Punjabi, as local languages of the state.
Starting from 1808, when Jammu was brought as a province under the control of the Sikh Empire under Maharaja Ranjit Singh, Mr Bajwa highlighted in his letter, that the Empire gradually brought Kashmir under its governance in 1819, and Ladakh in 1834.
In his letter, he likewise points out the function Maharaja Ranjit Singh played in promoting Gulab Singh Jamwal to the function of Governor of the Jammu Province.
Gulab Singh Jamwal ended up being the very first ruler of the erstwhile baronial state of Jammu and Kashmir in 1846.
” I prompt you to reassess the Jammu and Kashmir Official Languages Bill, 2020 by consisting of Punjabi which is spoken by a substantial variety of individuals living within the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir,” he stated in his letter to the PM.
The MP likewise highlighted the function of Punjabi as a language that links individuals of various faiths both in India and worldwide.
He asked for the federal government to reassess this Bill and consist of Punjabi as a main language in Jammu and Kashmir.