The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal has said that a high level delegation of the party will meet Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to apprise them of the problems being faced by the Sikh community in Jammu and Kashmir and will urge both the leaders to get these issues resolved as soon as possible. Badal gave this assurance to visiting delegation of the JK Sikhs. The JK Sikh delegation met the SAD president under the leadership of Manjinder Singh Sirsa, General Secretary the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC).The delegation told the SAD chief that it was strange that state government was completely ignoring them whereas the state owes its existence in the present form to the Sikh community and its contribution cannot be ignored. During the meeting exclusion of Sikh youth of Kashmir valley in the Prime Minister’s employment package for non-migrant Kashmiri Pandits, implementation of Anand Marriage Act in the state as soon as possible and setting up of minority commission in the state and deprivation of Sikh community was discussed threadbare.The delegation said that Sikhs were facing many serious problems including non-recognition as minority community in the state. They also told the party supremo that neither they were getting benefit in government recruitments nor they are being provided the facilities meant for the minorities. They also told that those who had migrated from the Pok to the Valley are getting benefits of the government policies framed from time to time but those preferred to settle in Jammu area are being deprived of these benefits. The Sikh delegation also told Badal that during a recent visit of a high level delegation sent by Home Ministry to the state, they had given representation to it regarding problems being faced by Sikhs in J&K.
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