Punjabi to be on top, National Highway signboards being amended

Updated on Oct 25, 2017 09:26 PM IST
The public works department (buildings and roads) has started amending the signboards along the Bathinda-Faridkot national highway to have Punjabi on the top.
The recent protests by some organisations over relegating Punjabi to number three on signboards, behind Hindi and English, have made the state government act promptly.(HT File)
The recent protests by some organisations over relegating Punjabi to number three on signboards, behind Hindi and English, have made the state government act promptly.(HT File)
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By, Chandigarh

It seems the Punjabi spirit of staying second to none has paid dividends in this case.

The recent protests by some organisations over relegating Punjabi to number three on signboards, behind Hindi and English, have made the state government act promptly.

The public works department (buildings and roads) has started amending the signboards along the Bathinda-Faridkot national highway to have Punjabi on the top.

The department started the work to restore the primacy of Punjabi language on the signboards along the national highways following instructions from the state government. “The chief engineer in-charge of national highways has been asked to complete the work at the earliest,” Hussan Lal, secretary, PWD (B&R), told Hindustan Times.

There had been angry protests by activists of the Dal Khalsa, Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), Bharatiya Kisan Union (Krantikari), Malwa Youth Federation and other organisations in the past few weeks against the alleged “disrespect” shown to Punjabi by bringing it to the bottom on signboards.

They smudged signboards along the highway, deleting Hindi and English words and leaving names of places only in Punjabi. The protesters have been demanding names of places on signboards in Punjabi on the top.

Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal had also demanded that the primacy of Punjabi language on signboards on national highways be restored in the state, saying that the people of Punjab were “hurt” by the existing trend.

PWD chief engineer (national highways) AK Singla said the contractor has started “rectifying” the signboards on a 120-km stretch of the Bathinda-Amritsar national highway. “The work will take three weeks or so. We hope to complete it by November 20,” he said.

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    A senior assistant editor, Navneet Sharma leads the Punjab bureau for Hindustan Times. He writes on politics, public affairs, civil services and the energy sector.

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