Punjabi language Bill passed

The Punjab Assembly today passed four Bills, including the Punjab Official Language (Amendment Bill, 2008), which makes Punjabi compulsory in all the schools of the state till Class X. Works in all government offices and subordinate courts will also be carried out in Punjabi.

As per the Bill, strict disciplinary action would be taken against the defaulters.

Another Bill on Punjabi language, Punjab Learning of Punjabi and Other Languages, was also passed. This law would ensure that all students from Classes I 10 X study Punjabi from April 2009 session, besides Hindi and English.

Two Bills on VAT amendments were also passed.

Pension through panchayats

Pensions are now being disbursed through gram panchayats, and the payments up to June last have been made. However, there is no proposal to disburse them through post offices. This was stated by Chaudhary Swarna Ram, Technical Education and Social Security Minister, in reply to a question by Makhan Singh.

Illness fund

The Punjab Government has received Rs 45.25 lakh from the Centre till March 2008 under the State Illness Fund for poor patients. This fund was operational during this fiscal, as there was no stipulation by the Centre on spending the money in the financial year in which it was received. Hence, the question of taking action against anybody on fund lapse does not arise. This was stated by Punjab Health Minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla in reply to a question by Ajit Inder Mofar.

Fraud case

Barnala SP (Headquarter) has been inquiring the complaint of fraud by residents of Ram Nagar Chhannan village in Barnala, in which they have alleged that a fake project report was submitted by Punjab Medicinal Plants Board to get subsidy. The bank documents and revenue records were also being examined. This was stated by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal in reply to a question by Harchant Kaur.

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