Speaker lauds contribution of Sikh community in development of nation

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Feb 24: Appreciating the role of Sikh community in the development and progress of the country, Speaker Legislative Assembly, Kavinder Gupta today said that Government would take all requisite steps to ensure equal opportunities for the socio-economic empowerment of the community.
He was speaking at the 17th Annual Convention of Kashmir Sikh Sangat held here this afternoon. MLC, Charanjeet Singh Khalsa was the guest of honour on the occasion.
The Speaker said that the contributions of Sikhs are written with golden words in the history and their role in progress of the country is commendable. He said that soon a ‘chair’ in the name of Guru Gobind Singh ji would be set up in Jammu University to commemorate 350th Birth anniversary of this great Guru and warrior. The Speaker also exhorted the need to promote Punjabi language and stressed on encouraging the youth to speak in their mother tongue.
Appreciating the role of Kashmir Sikh Sangat which is working on the principles of ‘Sewa, Simran and Parupkar’, the Speaker said that need of the hour is to make collaborative efforts to move ahead on the path of social equity. He said that such interactive sessions are vital to discuss and redress the issues of the community.
MLC, CS Khalsa in his address appreciated the services of Kashmir Sikh Sangat for the betterment of community and said that Government shall make all efforts to redress the issues projected by the speakers.
Chairman KSS, Dr Dhanwant Singh while speaking on the occasion apprised about the functioning of the organization in field of education, providing social assistance to needy and health sector. He also highlighted the problems and demands of Sikh community specially residing in the Valley.
President KSS Sewa Singh in his welcome address informed  about the initiatives of the organization. Manjit Singh, member KSS projected various issues including Anand Karaj Act and setting up of Minority Commission in the State.
The members of community who have excelled in various fields were felicitated on the occasion. Life time achievements award was conferred on S Ujjagar Singh, Retd DC for his selfless and visionary service to the community. Awards were also given to the personalities who had shown excellence in different fields like sports, education, medical services etc.