NEW DELHI, FEB 14: A delegation of Sikhs from Kashmir, under the aegis of J&K Bhartiya Janta Party Minority Morcha, met Union MoS, Dr Jitender Singh in New Delhi and presented a charter of demands, highlighting various demands of the community, which Sikhs of J&K in general and Kashmir in particular, are demanding since long. Prominent demands highlighted in the memorandum included implementation of Central Minority Commission Act 1992 in J&K, Anand Marriage Act etc.
Stress was also laid on controversial and discriminatory SRO-425 of 2017, dated 10th Oct, 2017 issued by the Govt of J&K, wherein benefits of employment under Prime Minister`s Special Package of Employment and Rehabilitation were denied to Sikh population of Kashmir, who stayed back in the valley amid persistent provocations. They demanded immediate withdrawal of the said SRO or making necessary amendments in the same to cover Sikhs of the valley for availing benefits of employment under Prime Minister`s Special Package, so that Sikhs do not feel alienated.
Dr Jitender Singh gave them a patient hearing and assured delegation for taking up their demands with the Chief Minister for an early resolution. Prominent among others present on the occasion included Harpal Singh Bali, Gurpreet Singh, Maninderpal Singh and Raminderpal Singh.