No demand of Sikh community considered: Balvinder

Balvinder Singh addressing a press conference at Jammu on Friday. —Excelsior/Rakesh
Balvinder Singh addressing a press conference at Jammu on Friday. —Excelsior/Rakesh

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, July 15: Ten Sikh delegations from Jammu Kashmir Union Territory as well two prominent Sikh delegations from Delhi met J&K Lt Governor during the last two years and submitted the memorandum of demands pertaining to the community but not even a single demand has been considered so far.
This was stated by S Balvinder Singh, President Sikh Progressive Front, while addressing a press conference, here today, during which he shared detail in this regard, received under RTI Act.
Singh also gave details of long pending demands of the Sikh community in J&K, which include inclusion of Punjabi language in JKUT official Language Bill 2020, which was the common demand of almost all the deputations as well of the whole Sikh community of JKUT.
Besides this, he added, other major demands put forward were inclusion of Sikh youth of Valley in PM’s Special employment package under non- migrant category by amending SRO-425, inclusion of Sikh member in the JK PSC, release of due compensation to the NOK’s of 14 persons killed in 1989 riots in Jammu, inclusion of Sikh students in the order issued by AICTE for granting concessions to the wards of migrant and non- migrant Kashmiri Pandits in the admission of professional colleges throughout the country, drafting of rules and implementation of Anand Marriage Act 2012, installation of the statue of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur at Kunjwani Chowk.
“These issues were discussed threadbare by the SPF with the LG on 14th March 2021 and we were assured that the demands under his domain shall be addressed at the earliest and he also promised to create posts for non-migrant Sikh youth of the Valley,” said Balvinder Singh and hastened to added that despite the lapse of considerable time, no action has been initiated so far.
He further revealed that one of the RTI replies reveals that instead of taking appropriate action for redressal of the Sikh demands, the issues were referred to junior level officers which appeared to be sheer wastage of time and directionless approach of the administrative authorities.
“Hence, the slogan given by the present dispensation `Sabka Sath Sabka Vishwas’ has proved hollow for micro minority Sikh community of JKUT,” alleged Balvinder Singh and once again appealed LG to personally intervene for redressal of genuine demands of the Sikh community of JKUT.
In the press conference, Balvinder Singh was accompanied by Manjit Singh, Rajinder Singh, Janak Singh, R S Soodan, Iqbal Singh, Sharanjit Singh, Jaswinder Singh, Manjit Singh Khalsa, R S Sodhi, Harmohinder Singh (President of Displaced Kashmiri Sikh Forum), Tejinder Singh and Mohinder Singh.