In an initiative to promote the Punjabi language, Minister of Tourism and cultural affairs Navjot Singh Sidhu has ordered the entire official working of the Local Government, Tourism and Cultural Affairs Department to be done in 'Punjabi' mandatorily. Sidhu wrote to the Administrative Secretaries of both the departments that the official correspondence as well as the working to be done in Punjabi. An official spokesperson said,
Sidhu in his written communication to the principal secretary local government and secretary tourism and cultural affairs emphasised that promoting Punjabi language is the primary as well as the moral duty of all of us and in future it must be ensured that the entire working of both the departments to be done in Punjabi.Sidhu also ordered that that all the signboards related to both the departments must be done in Punjabi. Furthermore, he also instructed that in case of violation of the above orders, the departmental action must be taken against the concerned officer or employee. Repeating his statement and his love for Punjabi language, Sidhu said,
Punjabi language is a symbol of the identity and the pride of all Punjabi people and that makes it all the more necessary for pulling out all stops in restoring its lost glory and according it due respect.