Protest March from Lal Chowk to Parliament if demands not met : J&K Sikhs
Srinagar, August 18 (YP Bureau)
The two-day Ethnic Sikh Conference convened and organized by All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC) and attended by delegates from all over the India, concluded here Saturday with a unanimous decision to hold a march from Lal Chowk in Srinagar to the Parliament of India in New Delhi, if the demands of community were not met.
Addressing the Conference on the day of culmination, APSCC Chairman Jagmohan Singh Raina stressed upon the state government to implement Minority Status despite of article 370 Act, as this was the need of hour for minority community in J&K.
“To avail our basic rights given under constitutional Act to Sikh community, the minority status should be given to the Sikhs as per the Minorities Act. Although, the Minority Commission is pumping a lot of funds into the J&k state and many needy and poor children are taking benefits from it. But if it is properly implemented, then more and more people will be benefitted from it in an organized manner”, Raina said.
agmohan Singh Rania added, “Sikhs in Kashmir, especially the youth, live under fear due to uncertainty with respect to employment, higher education and security scenario.”
On the occasion Harcharan Singh Khalsa, an eminent leader of Sikhs from Poonch and Rajouri said “The Sikh Marriage Act which is applicable all over the India should also be applicable in J&K and state government should immediately pass Act for it in the coming Assembly session.”
Compensation for the losses in Agricultural and Horticulture Sector was also demanded by all Sikh leaders. “The Sikhs migrated from their villages for the safety of their family to urban areas like Srinagar and Baramulla, leaving behind their agricultural land and orchards and are suffering till date since last 23 years. The Central government needs to look into the matter and compensate Sikhs for huge losses and with monetary package” said Dr. Jaipal Singh Bali, an eminent leader from Baramulla.
Ajeet Singh Mastana prominent writer and leader Akali Dal Babal said “Vacant lying posts for Punjabi Teachers and Lectures should be immediately filled so that the students interested in Punjabi language do not suffer.”
Master Hakumat Singh, a Sikh leader, said “With a permanent peace solution, the minority in Kashmir cannot live in harmony in Kashmir. So I urge the Government of India to resolve it as soon as possible, which will be the best package to the people of Kashmir”
Leaders from All Sikh Federation including Harjeet Singh sweety, GPC President Dr. Mohan Singh Shant, Niranjan Singh Distt President Anantnag, Jasbir Singh Oberio president KDF and others demanded immediate Gurdawara Election which are pending for a long time and urged for audit of all GPC accounts immediately.