LG congratulates the Sikh community for its unity in society


He assured the delegation that the government would assist in the modernization of all religious institutions in J&K.

The LG also indicated that questions relating to reservations would be discussed with the relevant authorities of the Center.

Several representatives of Sikh communities from various districts also spoke on the occasion and briefed the LG on their challenges and aspirations.

Previously, the delegation had submitted an 11-point charter of demands to LG Sinha.

Speaking on the occasion, the chairman of the United Kashmiri Sikhs Progressive Forum, S Baldev Singh Raina, said that the merging of Sikhs into apolitical socio-religious groups was the need of the hour and that during the Over the past 70 years, the condition of the Sikhs has deteriorated day by day.

He demanded that the social and cultural identity of the Sikh community be preserved apart from this. Kashmiri Sikhs should be declared and considered a socially and economically backward class.

Raina reminded the government that since the establishment of the Minorities Commission in 1992, Kashmiri Sikhs who were part of the microscopic population were still deprived of this benefit and called for the immediate inclusion of Sikhs into its perimeter with the appointment of its president from the Sikh community.

Raina expressed concern from the Sikh community that, during the ongoing demarcation process at J&K, at least two assembly seats should be reserved for Kashmiri Sikhs.

He said that in order to have a thorough understanding of the issues and problems faced by Sikhs in Kashmir, at least one adviser to the lieutenant governor should be from the community itself.

Raina said a special employment program for Kashmiri Sikhs should be introduced by the Center, which could help retain educated Sikh youth in Kashmir.

He said the Punjabi language should be introduced as the official language of J&K.

The delegation which represented a representative sample of the Sikh community included all the committees of the district of Gurudwara Prabandhak, religious scholars elected to the DDCs of the districts of Pulwama and Baramulla, members of civil society, renowned educators, eminent doctors, various think tanks, intellectuals, social activists, various NGOs and the youth wing of Kashmir Sikhs.


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