Extend national minority Act to J&K, APSCC

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SRINAGAR – All Party Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC) today demanded extension of National Commission for Minority (NCM) Act 1992 to Jammu and Kashmir instead of announcing to draft new Act for the minorities in the state. 

“We the minorities in Jammu and Kashmir will be left with no alternative but to fight against the injustice”, APSCC chairman Jagmohan Singh Raina said in a statement here. He said in the absence of NCM Act, the minorities, including Sikh, Christians and Buddhists are suffering and remained backward in education, employment and other developments. 

Mr Raina demanded that the NCM Act 1992 should be extended to Jammu and Kashmir. However, he alleged that efforts are being made by some people having vested interest to delay it. “We strongly oppose any move to delay justice to minorities in Jammu and Kashmir by announcing to draft a new state Act,” he said and warned to launch a joint agitation along with other minorities in the state. 

Raina said, according to the guidelines of NMC Act, Muslim sare enjoying the minority status at the national level but are not eligible for minority quota at state level in Jammu and Kashmir where they are a majority community. He said in Panjab, the Sikhs are a majority community and donnot enjoy the minority status as applicable at the national level. 

In Jammu and Kashmir as per the 2001 population census, the Kashmir division of the state has 0.88 per cent as Sikhs and 0.11 per cent as Buddhists and others. 

The population of Jammu division has 3.57 per cent as Sikhs and 0.51 per cent as Buddhists and others. 

The census report clearly states that in J&K, 67 per cent of the population is Muslim, 30 per cent is Hindu and the remaining 3 per cent is Sikh, Buddhist and others. He said it is clear that the Sikhs, Christians and Buddhists are the minorities and deserves all benefits under the Act.

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