PunjabNewsline.com - Haryana grants second language status to Punjabi Haryana grants second language status to Punjabi CHANDIGARH: Removing a long drawn grievance of Punjabi population in Haryana, the Haryana Government has granted second language status to Punjabi in the state, which has a sizable population of Punjabis. Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda Thursday said "Punjabi will now be officially treated in the same way as Hindi or English,". Haryana has had a big chunk of Punjabi-speaking population since the state was carved out of Punjab in 1966. "We have issued notification and accorded second language status to Punjabi and now, any MLA can ask a question in Punjabi," Chief Minister told reporters here. The government would make concerted efforts for the promotion of Punjabi language and literature, he promised. The community with a population about 15 lakhs, has a sizeable presence in Kurukshetra, Karnal, Faridabad and Gurgaon. Last year, A C Choudhry, who was a minister in the previous Congress cabinet, had raised a banner of revolt, alleging that his own party-led government had ignored the Punjabi-speaking community.