The Punjab Official Languages Act, 1967
Punjab Act 5 of 1967
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY 6
Object & Reasons6
|Statement of objects and Reasons. - According to the Punjab Official Languages Act, 1960 Hindi (in Devnagri script) and Punjabi (in Gurmukhi script) were the official languages of the erstwhile composite State of Punjab. Consequent upon the reorganisation of the composite State of Punjab, the new State of Punjab emerged as a unilingual State and it has become imperative to substitute the Punjab Official Languages Act, 1960, by a new enactment suited to the requirement of the unilingual State of Punjab and to declare Punjabi in Gurmukhi script to be the official language of the State. This Bill seeks to achieve the above purpose. Punjab Government Gazette Extraordinary, dated 14.12.1967.|
(a) "Punjabi" means Punjabi in Gurmukhi script;
(b) "State Government" means the Government of the State of Punjab.3. Punjabi to be official language of the State. - The official language of the State of Punjab shall be Punjabi. 4. Government's power to notify the official purposes for which Punjabi shall be used. - This State Government may, from time to time, by notification, direct that Punjabi shall be used for such official purposes of the State and from such date as may be notified in the notification. 5. Language to be used in the Bills etc. - On and from such date as the State Government may, by notification appoint in this behalf, the language to be used in -
(a) all Bills to be introduced, or amendments thereto to be moved, in either House of the Legislature of the State,
(b) all Acts passed by the Legislature of the State,
(c) all Ordinances promulgated, by the Governor under Article 213 of the Constitution, and
(d) all Orders, Rules, Regulations, and Bye-laws issued by the State Government under the Constitution or under any law made by Parliament or the Legislature of the State.shall be in Punjabi : Provided that the State Government may appoint different dates in respect of any of the purposes referred to in clauses (a) to (d) above. 6. Continuance of English language in State Legislature. - Until the Government otherwise directs by notification under section 4, English may continue to be used, in addition to the official language of the State or Hindi for the transaction of business in the Legislature of the State. [6A. Authorised Punjabi translation of Central & State Acts etc.] - A translation in Punjabi published under the authority of the Governor in the Official Gazette of the State, on and after the date specified by notification;
(a) of any Central Act or of any Ordinance promulgated by the President, with respect to any of the matters enumerated in List III of the Seventh Schedule to the Constitution;
(aaa) of any Central Act passed under Article 252 of the Constitution].
(b) of any State Act or of any Ordinance promulgated by the Governor; or
(c) of any order, rule, regulation or bye-law issued by the State Government under the Constitution or under any law made by Parliament or the Legislature of the State;shall be deemed to be an authoritative text thereof in Punjabi. 7. Right of a person to submit representation in any of the languages used in the State. - Nothing in this Act shall be deemed to debar any person to submit a representation for the redress of any grievance to any officer or authority of the State in any of the languages, including Hindi, used in the State. 8. Development of Hindi language. - Without prejudice to the provisions of this Act, the State Government shall take suitable steps to develop the Hindi language in the State. 9. Repeal of Punjab Act No. 28 of 1960. - The Punjab Official Languages Act, 1960, is hereby repealed.