Accuses PDP of betraying Sikh Community
SRINAGAR: Castigating Ministry of Minority Affairs Government of India for announcing some schemes for the members of the Kashmir Pandit community despite the fact that this community does not fall within the ambit of minorities in India, All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC) Thursday alleged that the schemes announced for Kashmiri Pandits gives an impression that some secret agenda is being pursued by the central government while keeping the national policy at bay.
While demanding an enquiry into the matter, president APSCC, Jagmohan Singh Raina alleged that the like his predecessor Omar Abdullah, the incumbent Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed too ignored the Sikh community and backtracked from the promises which his party had made with the Sikhs during the 2014 Assembly elections.
Addressing a press conference here, Raina said that PDP-BJP government has failed to solve the problems being faced by Sikh community. There is no solution to the issues being faced by us and we continue to be neglected by the people at helm. We had great expectations from chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, but he disappointed us, he said.
Members of the Sikh community are quite agitated over the apathy shown by the government. We have decided to carry out a sustained agitation programme against the government. We will carry out dharna in Srinagar, Jammu and other districts of the state. Dharna would also be carried outside the residence of the legislators of the PDP who won the 2014 assembly elections due to the votes polled by the Sikh community, Jagmohan Singh Raina said adding that these legislators have lost the moral value to represent the people and as such protests would be raised against them.
Raina CNS said that Sikhs voted for PDP candidates after the party assured that genuine issues of the Sikh community would be addressed and the same was also part of the election manifesto of the party. Many a times we tried to meet the chief minister but all these attempts have gone vain, he said and added that besides the extension of Minority Act in the state they have been raising issues like filling up of vacant posts of Punjabi teachers and lecturers in the schools and colleges of the state. At the same time there is dire need of starting the Punjabi department at the University of Kashmir. This would lead to the promotion of Punjabi language in the state since the language is one of the recognized languages of the state, he said.
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