All Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee Chairman Sardar Baldev Singh chaired a meeting of all district Gurdwara Prabhandak Committees in which all the Presidents and elites of Sikh society unanimously discussed the discrimination towards Kashmiri Sikhs.
Singh said that in spite of giving many sacrifices for Kashmir, the Sikhs are neglected time and again. “This is the first time in the history of 70 years that no Sikh has been taken as a member of Public Service Commission,” he said.
He added that the Punjabi language which was the official language of J&K as guaranteed under Article 146, schedule VI of J&K constitution has been removed in spite of the assurance as on record by Ex Dy Chief Minister (Kawinder Gupta of BJP) and other leaders that it will be included in the bill in the cabinet.
It was also pointed out that the government has been playing delaying tactics in issuing the clear cut orders regarding the coverage of Sikhs under Pahari speaking category and Sikhs have been denied the certificates on one pretext or other.
Sardar Baldev Singh Chairman ASGMC Kashmir and all presidents comprising S. Santpal Singh (President DGPC Budgam), Dr Tara Singh (President DGPC Baramulla), S. Buda Singh (President DGPC Srinagar), Dr Ravi Singh (President DGPC Pulwama), S. Inderjit Singh (President DGPC Anantnag), S. Bhupinder Singh (President DGPC Kupwara) and all elected members expressed their resentment that Sikhs living in Kashmir have not been included in the package on the recently passed order of All India Council for Technical Education in which concession for the wards of the Kashmiri Migrants and Kashmiri Hindu families (non-migrants) living in Kashmir valley was sanctioned by Ministry of Education Govt of India in consultation with the ministry of Home Affairs.
“The Sikhs of Kashmir were very hopeful that their long-pending demand of minority status will be granted to them but Govt. of India miserably failed to implement it. They are hell-bent on snatching some of the benefits from this community as already has been done in case of Punjabi as the official language of J&K,” Singh added.