Chandigarh: In order to give fillip to the Punjabi literature, art and culture in the state, Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said on Thursday that his government would take all possible measures to promote Punjabi language.

The Chief Minister was addressing the general body of the Punjabi Sahitya Academy.

Several proposals, aimed at promoting Punjabi, were placed before the general body of the Academy like writing milestones in Punjabi, to give financial aid to needy authors, organizing sufi song and literary meets, issuing an annual calendar and launching website of the Academy.

Giving detailed information of the achievements, additional Chief Secretary and the Academy's deputy executive Dr KK Khandelwal said that the Punjabi language is not only popular in India but also abroad.

On this occasion, a proposal of increasing the amount of the literary awards was also placed before the Chief Minister. It was proposed that Bhai Santosh Singh award money should be increased from Rs one lakh to Rs 1.25 lakh, Baba Sheik Farid award from Rs one lakh to Rs 1, 11, 000 and folk singer prize should be increased from Rs 21,000 to Rs 51,000.

Not only this, to promote the Punjabi journalism, Khandelwal urged that the Rs 51,000 should be given to the best journalist every year.

Among others, Education and Social Welfare Minister Geeta Bhukal, Chief Secretary to the CM Chhatar Singh, Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary of Finance Department Maha Singh, Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary of Department of Tourism Dhanpat Singh, Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary of Higher Education Surina Rajan were present at the meeting.

((JPN/Bureau))