Kashmiri Sikhs urge special status for community in state

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A delegation of All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee, Kashmir, with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh

A delegation of All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee, Kashmir, met the Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh, in New Delhi on June 23.

The delegation was led by its chairman S. Jagmohan Singh Raina and presented a memorandum to him. S. Trilochan Singh, former Chairman of National Minority Commission also accompanied the delegation.

The memorandum demanded the extension of National Minority Commission to Jammu and Kashmir State which has already been promised by the PDP, in their manifesto. The delegation spoke about the migration of Sikh community members from remote areas of Kashmir valley to other places because of economic difficulties.

They also pointed out that young Sikhs are mostly unemployed and are finding it difficult to pursue higher education because of financial constraints. They demanded that Sikh families migrating from villages to Srinagar be given the status of migrants within the state.

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Rajnath Singh said that the demands of the Sikh minority would be taken up on apriority basis by a core committee on Kashmir Affairs instituted by the Government of India. – CINEWS

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