JKNPP protests against omission of Dogri Language in new currency notes

JAMMU: Admonishing the BJP led government at the centre for its perpetual bias against Jammu region, a strong contingent of Panther activists spearheaded by Harsh Dev Singh Chairman JKNPP and Former Minister, Balwant Singh Mankotia State President and Yash Paul Kundal State president Young Panthers along with other leaders staged a massive protest demonstration at exhibition ground today against the Saffron Party for wrongfully excluding ‘Dogri' from the language panel of new currency notes.

Accusing the BJP for disparaging and ignoring Dogri vernacular and Jammu Pradesh during the printing of new currency notes, Harsh Dev Singh disclosed to the media that Rs.500/- and Rs. 1000/- denominations of the currency notes were displayed in various recognized regional and National languages in the language panel of each currency note.He divulged that the language panel of the currency notes issued in November 2016 exhibited their amounts printed in 15 regional languages vis-à-vis Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Malyalam, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu and two National languages ie English and Hindi; but it deplorably failed to mention the denomination of notes in Dogri script.

He said that Dogri language had been recognized and incorporated in the 8th schedule of the Constitution of India by virtue of 92nd Constitution Amendment Act which automatically entitled it to be mentioned in the language panel of the new currency notes on the pattern of other regional languages. Singh further pointed out that earlier the J&K High Court had also passed an order last year in 2015 in a Public Interest Litigation for due recognition to Dogri, making official announcements at Railway Stations and Airports etc. in Dogri and inclusion of Dogri language in the language panel of the new currency notes.

Expressing indignation over the humiliation of Dogri language, Harsh Dev Singh dubbed it as a venomous doze of discrimination administered to Jammu region and regretted that while the Kashmiri language discernibly appeared on the language panel of the new currency notes, Dogri language had been wrongfully omitted and downplayed in consonance with the discriminatory policies of the Central and the State governments. He lamented that Dogri was blatantly ignored in the BJP government which always pronounced itself as ‘messiah' of the Dogras. He said that the Saffron party had forgotten the linguistic values and the pristine glory of the Dogras while satiating its hunger for power.

He exhorted the Central government and the Governor RBI to take serious cognizance of the issue and rectify the anomaly on the new currency notes failing which the Panthers party would launch a campaign against the sacrilege of Dogri language.

Balwant Singh Mankotia and Yash Paul Kundal while accusing the Saffron party for betraying and hoodwinking the people of Jammu region said that the people were now well versed with the real character of BJP and its Copied from Jammu Links News persistent rabble-rousing. They said that JKNPP had played a pivotal role in the struggle for the incorporation of Dogri language in the 8th schedule of Indian Constitution and would now further gear up to struggle for its inclusion in the language panel of the new currency notes for upholding Dogra pride and honour.

Prominent among others who spoke on the occasion included Rajesh Padgotra, Nirmal Kesar, Khajoor Singh, Naresh Chib, Neeraj Gupta, Shankar Singh, K.K Sharma, Narinder Sharma, Satvir besides others.

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