Chandigarh 26th June:- Keeping his commitment of doing his best to get noted literary personalities the due recognition, the Cultural Affairs and Tourism Minister, Punjab, Navjot Singh Sidhu has made a strong case for conferring the nation's second highest civilian honour 'Padma Vibhushan' on eminent Punjabi litterateur Jaswant Singh Kanwal.
Disclosing this here today, an official spokesman said that Navjot Singh Sidhu has in a written communication to the Prime Minister recommended the name of 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, Navjot Singh 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 today felicitated 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 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 Navjot Singh Sidhu could not make it to the function at Dhudike village today owing to an important meeting convened by the Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh at Chandigarh. In the absence of Navjot Singh Sidhu, the Chairman of the Punjab Kala Parishad Dr. Surjit Patar conferred Jaswant Singh Kanwal with the 'Punjab Gaurav Puraskar'. The award contained Rs. 1 lakh, a shawl and a citation.