Pak-origin Punjabi Families to be Taken There: Hooda

Published: 03rd March 2014 07:48 PM  |   Last Updated: 03rd March 2014 07:48 PM   |  A+A-

By PTI

Punjabi families who had migrated from Pakistan during partition would be taken to visit their homes there after relaxation in visa rules, Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said today.

The matter of relaxation in visa rules is under consideration between India and Pakistan, and once it was cleared, people who wanted to to visit their homes in Pakistan would be taken there free of cost, Hooda said.

Addressing a gathering at 'Punjabi Ekta Manch' at the 'Punjabi Milan Sammaroh' organised at Panchkula, the Chief Minister recalled that many Punjabi families had migrated to India during the partition, and assured of a special policy to enable Pakistan-born people to visit their homes.

Speaking in Punjabi at the meeting, Hooda said necessary action would be taken on the demand for land to set up Punjabi Bhawan in Panchkula.

Hooda also reminisced his relationship with Punjabi community and said they had played a great role in the development of Haryana.

Mentioning the initiatives taken by his government in inclusive, he said Punjabi was given the second-language status in 2005 when he became the chief minister of the state.

Also, he had framed a policy of recruitment of teachers of Punjabi subject in government schools, and now Punjabi community have been included in the 10 per cent reservation on financial basis along with other castes and urged the gathering to inform people so as to get benefit of this reservation.

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