For promoting Punjabi language, culture and traditions, Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) president Manjit Singh GK on Saturday received Capital Foundation National Award from the vice-president of India, M Hamid Ansari.
Former chief justice of India MN Venkatachaliah and other dignitaries were present at the ceremony, where nine other prominent personalities also received the award in different categories. Capital Foundation Society, a voluntary organization since 1987, is engaged in a variety of philanthropic works and honours people of extraordinary achievement.
Speaking with the media, Manjit Singh GK said he would follow his father, late Jathedar Santokh Singh, who in 1964, had taken a step for the promotion of Punjabi language under the banner of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) of ensuring that road signs were in Punjabi as well apart from Hindi and Urdu.
"Consequently, Punjabi Academy was formed in 1980 and Punjabi received the second-language status in Delhi in 2001," said GK.