Srinagar, June 23: A delegation of All Party Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC) today met Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh, presented a memorandum to him seeking extension of National Minority Commission in the State.
The delegation was headed by APSCC chairman Jagmohan Singh Raina while former Chairman of National Minority Commission Trilochan Singh also accompanied the delegation.
“The memorandum demanded extension of National Minority Commission to Jammu and Kashmir State which was promised by PDP, in their manifesto, the coalition partner of BJP in the State,” said a statement of APSCC. The delegation informed the Union Minister about the migration of Sikh community from far flung areas of Kashmir Valley to other places due to economic suffering.
The delegation apprised the Home Minister that the youth particularly of Sikh minority are in the clutches of unemployment and a large number of students fail to continue their higher studies due to financial strain. “They demanded that the Sikh families migrated from villages to city areas of Srinagar city during the turmoil be given the status of migrant within the State,” said the statement.
While giving assurance to the delegation, the Minister said the demands of Sikh Minority will be taken up on priority basis by a core committee on Kashmir Affairs Committee instituted by the Government of India. “He also assured he will also discuss with the Coalition Government headed by PDP Chief Minister of the State,” the statement added.