JAMMU, Feb 14: A delegation of the Sikhs from Kashmir under the aegis of J&K Bharatiya Janata Party Minority Morcha met Dr. Jitendra Singh, MoS in the Prime Minister`s Office in New Delhi to present the charter of demands to him.
The delegation demanded implementation of Central Minority Commission Act, 1992 to the State of J&K and Anand Marriage Act. The stress was laid on the controversial and discriminatory SRO 425 of 2017 dated 10th Oct. 2017 issued by the State Government in which the benefits of employment under Prime Minister`s Special Package of Employment and Rehabilitation of 2009 are denied to the Sikh population of Kashmir who stayed back in the Valley amid persistent threats and provocations sacrificing their lives and properties.
They emphasized that this discriminatory SRO be withdrawn immediately or the Sikhs of the Valley be also covered by making necessary amendment in the SRO, so that Sikhs in Kashmir don’t feel alienated and are rehabilitated by providing employment. Gurdyal Singh Bali, State general secretary said that the policy of the Central Government is to rehabilitate the minorities in the Valley, so that there is no further exodus but by issuing discriminatory SRO the State Government is encouraging the silent migration of the Sikhs.
Randhir Singh Bali, president, district Jammu affirmed that the Sikhs want the Kashmiri Pandits staying back in Valley be given all moral, political and financial support to sustain their lives and to keep them tied to their motherland in Kashmir but at the same time the Sikhs in Valley be not denied with the same benefits from Central Government Welfare Schemes.
Delegation brought to the notice of Dr. Jitendra Singh that only 1738 Sikh families have migrated from the Valley which is less than 8% of the total Sikh population and notwithstanding ,more than 92% living there need all support from both the State and Central Governments to hold them back otherwise this silent migration will continue unabated. R.P. Singh national secretary, BJP present on the occasion also apprised Dr. Jitendra Singh about the problems being faced by the Sikhs of the State.