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SAD seeks primacy of Punjabi language on NH signboards

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

The SAD has urged Union transport minister to ensure the primacy of Punjabi language on signboards on national in the state, saying the people of were "hurt" by the "current treatment".

Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president wrote to Gadkari, saying it was unfortunate that Punjabi was not given primacy on signboards on national in the state.

"I request you to give requisite directions to correct this anomaly immediately," Badal wrote to Gadkari.

He said the "current treatment" meted out to Punjabi on signboards "had not only hurt the sentiments of the people" but was also "causing inconvenience".

"Punjabis will be more comfortable with signages in Punjabi on all signboards as they constitute a majority of commuters on state roads," the former chief minister said.

Stating that due respect be accorded to Punjabi, Badal said: "We are not against any language but feel the sentiments of Punjabis should also be accorded due respect".

He said that all signboards on national should have signs in Punjabi, Hindi and English in descending order.

The Akali Dal leader pointed out that the Official Language Act, 1963, stipulates that Punjabi should be written on top on all official signboards.

He said all signboards of the National Highway Authority should be in consonance with the Act.

Sukhbir Badal expressed confidence that the Union surface transport ministry would look into the issue.

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First Published: Fri, October 13 2017. 19:32 IST