The Punjab government would join hands with Punjabi Sahit Academy (PSA) for promotion of Punjabi and implementation of the Language Act in all schools of the state.
State education minister Dr Daljit Singh Cheema disclosed this at a meeting with PSA representatives on Tuesday. Cheema also announced a grant of Rs 5 lakh to the academy from his discretionary fund.
The minister said the education department would strictly implement the Language Act and the department has recently conducted surprise raids at private schools in this regard.
The minister said Cheema informed that it has come to the notice of the department that there are 40 such schools who did not implement the provisions of the Language Act. He said the government will personally call the management of these schools and ask them to abide by the Act.
He asked the academy representatives to identify schools that haven’t implemented the Language Act. Poet Dr Surjit Patar and PSA chief Dr Sukhdev Singh Sirsa were also present at the meeting.
The minister also informed that the state government during a national-level meeting held in New Delhi recently, advocated the need for making Punjabi a tool of employment generation. It was also proposed that the medium of all national=level competitive examination should be in vernacular languages, he added.