SPF calls on MoSAthawaley, discusses issues of Sikh community in J&K
Post by on Monday, June 13, 2022
Jammu, June 12: A deputation of members of Sikh Progressive Front (SPF) led by its president S Balvinder Singh Sunday met RamdasAthawaley, the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India and discussed with him some very important issues and demands pertaining to the minority Sikh Community of JKUT which are pending since long at various levels of the present administration and also with the office of the LG Sinha.
A statement from the SPF said that some of the important issues discussed with the minister included inclusion of non- migrant Sikh youth in the Prime Minister’s special employment package granted under the SRO- 412, which was further amended by the SRO 425 to exclude Kashmiri Sikh youth from the benefit.
They further asked for the induction of the members from Sikh community in the J&K Public Service Commission which is in the process of formation, inclusion of Punjabi in the JKUT official language bill 2020, installation of the statue of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur at KunjwaniChowk, which is already been approved by the House of Jammu Municipal Corporation two years ago, due compensation to be paid to the NOK’s of those 14 persons killed in 1989 anti-Sikh riots at par with the other riot victims in the country, application of National Minority Commission ACT in JKUT as enforced in number of States, implementation of the Anand Marriage ACT in JKUT.
The statement said that the Minister gave a patient hearing to the delegation and assured to take up the issues with the appropriate authority for a logical conclusion.
He also was of the view that demands put forth by the SPF members are genuine and required proper assessment and due consideration so that justice is imparted to the micro minority Sikh Community of the JKUT, the statement said.
The member thanked the Minister for his patient hearing and reposed faith in him as a minister of Social Justice in the interest of natural justice to the Sikh Community.