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Displaced Kashmiri Sikhs demand package, quota

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Jan 5: Displaced Kashmiri Sikhs have urged upon the Government to provide package and reservation to the Sikh community in four Assemblies in the State.
Addressing a  press conference here today, president of Displaced Kashmir Sikh Conference,  Harmohinder Singh demanded reservation in four Assembly constituencies for Sikh community in J & K State.  He said two should be in Jammu province  and  two in Kashmir,  which are highly dominated by the Sikh community.
Singh said that State has seven reserved constituencies like  Hiranagar, Samba, Raipur-Damana,  Chhamb, Chenani, Ramban and RS Pura for the weaker sections of our society.   Dr  Bhim Rao Ambedkar provided  big relief  to these sections of society. Many weaker sections were saved by constitution thus giving them ample strength and empowerment.
Singh emphasized the need for reservation of four constituencies in the Sikh  dominated areas like Baramulla, Tral , RS Pura and Gandhi Nagar. He said there are  more than 3 lakh  Sikhs in J&K State  and they are scattered and are in minority in each assembly constituency. He said that  there are 58 MLAs from Muslim community, 27 MLAs from Hindu community  and 2 among Buddhists but Sikhs being at number three in respect of population,  don’t have an elected MLA.
Sikh leader exhorted upon the  Sikh community members to rise to the occasion  irrespective of their party affiliations or regional interests and get constitutional guarantee for reservation of 4 Assembly constituencies.
Harpal Singh Bali, general secretary said that recently  Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has told the J&K State to set up Minority Commission at war footing. It will stop discrimination with Sikhs community. This is an old demand of Sikh community
Bali demanded that Relief organization should look into the bifurcation of Ration cards, allotments of quarters, issuance of Backward certificate and PRCs without further delay. Joint secretary Harcharan Singh Wazir said Govt should announce the employment package for Kashmiri displaced people which is pending since long.


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