NAVJOT SINGH SIDHU MAKES CASE FOR CONFERRING ‘PADMA VIBHUSHAN’ ON JASWANT SINGH KANWAL
ALSO BATS FOR ISSUING POSTAGE STAMP IN LITTERATEUR’S HONOUR
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Keeping his commitment of doing his best to get noted literary personalities the due recognition, the Cultural Affairs and Tourism Minister, Punjab, Mr. Navjot Singh Sidhu has made a strong case for conferring the nation’s second highest civilian honour ‘Padma Vibhushan’ on eminent Punjabi litterateur Mr. Jaswant Singh Kanwal.
Disclosing this , an official spokesman said that Mr. Sidhu has in a written communication to the Prime Minister recommended the name of Mr. Jaswant Singh Kanwal for the above mentioned honour besides also arguing strongly for the issuance of a postage stamp in the honour of this literary doyen. Calling Mr. Jaswant Singh Kanwal a precious gem of Punjab, Mr. Sidhu said that honouring such eminent sons of Punjab is an honour in itself.
Meanwhile, it is worthwhile to mention that the Tourism and Cultural Affairs Department in league with the Punjab Kala Parishad felicitated Mr. Jaswant Singh Kanwal, who would be turning 100 on 27th June, at his residence in village Dhudike in District Moga in the presence of the Chairman of the Punjab Kala Parishad Padmshri Dr. Surjit Patar, Secretary General Dr. Lakhwinder Johal, Media Coordinator Mr. Ninder Ghugianvi, Satnam Manak, Balbir Parwana, Pammi Bai, Kewal Dhaliwal, Deewan Manna, Baldev Singh Sadaknama, Dr. Rajinder Pal Singh Brar, Pargat Singh Satouj, Baldev Singh Dhaliwal, Dr. Surjit, Jaswant Zafar, Harmeet Vidayrathi, Tarsem, Deepak Sharma Chanarthal, Satwinder Kaur Kussa, State Information Commissioner Nidhark Singh Brar and Surinder Kailey.
It is also appropriate to mention that Mr. Navjot Singh Sidhu could not make it to the function at Dhudike village owing to an important meeting convened by the Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh at Chandigarh. In the absence of Mr. Sidhu, the Chairman of the Punjab Kala Parishad Dr. Surjit Patar conferred Mr. Jaswant Singh Kanwal with the ‘Punjab Gaurav Puraskar’. The award contained Rs. 1 lakh, a shawl and a citation.