Srinagar: All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC) Saturday expressed dismay that despite having met people at the helm of affairs in Jammu and Kashmir from time to time, minority status continues to be denied to the Sikhs of J&K.
A statement of APSCC issued here on the ‘National Minority Day’, APSCC said that mere assurances were given to the community members with no action being taken.
APSCC Chairman Jagmohan Singh Raina said that Sikhs met chief ministers like Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah, Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, and Mehbooba Mufti from time to time and reiterated their demand for minority status.
He said that these people ditched the community members by doing nothing in this regard in the garb of Article 370.
Raina said that though more than two years had passed since the abrogation of Article 370, the minority status had not been given to the Sikhs of J&K.
He said that most of the Central acts had been implemented in J&K but not the National Minority Act.
Raina said that meetings with successive home ministers had also not yielded any result and pushed the Sikhs to the wall.
He said that the community members had suffered during the past three decades since the onset of militancy in Jammu and Kashmir.
Raina said that benefits were being extended to a particular community at the cost of the Sikh community.
He said packages both job and economic had been extended to this particular community with the members of the Sikh community being forced to bite the dust.