Sikhs in J&K demand minority status



Jammu: Sikhs in Jammu and Kashmir have demanded minority status for the socio-economic upliftment of their community.

"We demand that the Sikh community should be given minority status in Jammu and Kashmir for the upliftment of their socio-economic conditions in the state," All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC) Chairman Jagmohan Singh Raina told reporters here on Friday.

Sikhs being a microscopic community in Jammu and Kashmir have to fight for minority status despite the fact that they are considered as minority in India under Minority Act of Minority Commission of India 2C of 1992, along with other communities including Muslims, Buddhists and Christians, he said.

He lashed out at the state government for its "divide and rule" policy against Sikhs since last few decades. "This is done with the intention to delay and even deny the solution to the problems faced by the community as a whole or demands it has put before the successive government ever since the Partition of the state".

The Government of India (GOI) has failed to discharge its responsibility towards the residents of Jammu and Kashmir, including Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians and other communities who are victims of negligence and technicalities pursued by those in power, he said.

He said it is the need of the hour that the Central government should appoint a special committee to attend to and resolve long-pending issues of refugees in a time-bound schedule, he said adding that their sufferings must not be allowed to go long-drawn-out or remain unattended.

PTI