‘Benefits for members of majority community were showered on particular community’
Srinagar, Dec 1: All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC) has lambasted the central and state governments for changing the nomenclature of the package that was approved some years back for the rehabilitation of people belonging to the minority communities that did not migrate from the Kashmir valley.
In a statement, APSCC Chairman Jagmohan Singh Raina said that in the past the Government of India ditched the majority community in the state and denied the youth of the jobs in the government sectors.
Raina said that the benefits which should have been given to the members of majority community were showered on the members of a particular community to which first Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru belonged to.
“For more than four decades majority community was debarred from getting benefits and privileges that were due to them. Nehru was responsible for the same and it was repeated by other members of the family including former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. All this was done to please a particular community. The members of this particular community have been given packages and privileges by the different states in the country, but still then they asking for more such things,” said APSCC Chairman.
Raina said that Government of India is repeating the deliberate mistakes and this time around the target is the Sikh community that is in minority in the state. He said the state government is hand in glove with the central government and it is the design of both the governments to cause miseries to the majority community and also the minority Sikh community.
“In 2012 the then state government had formulated a package for the Kashmiri minorities that did not migrate from the valley. The benefits of this package never trickled down to the Sikh community. As if this was not enough the present state government of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) changed the nomenclature of the 2012 package,” said APSCC Chairman.
Raina said that the people at helm these days changed the nomenclature of the package and ensured that no benefits whatsoever are given to the Sikh community that is in the minority in Jammu & Kashmir. He said that the PDP-BJP government is acting on the diktats of organizations like Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) with the sole agenda being to deprive Sikh community from the benefits that are due to the minorities.
“The APSCC carried out host of meetings with the present Home Minister and his predecessors so that justice is meted out to the members of Sikh community. However, like his predecessors the incumbent Home Minister failed to solve the problems of Sikhs of Jammu & Kashmir. This has virtually pushed the Sikhs of the state to the wall with no light in sight for them,” said APSCC Chairman.
Raina said that Government of India wants the majority community and minority Sikh community to suffer forever in Jammu & Kashmir adding that the people would stand up to such challenges. He said that New Delhi would repent since the agenda being followed by them is bound to lead to dire consequences.
The APSCC Chairman said that the appointment of advisors by the state government is ‘fixed’ and those people are appointed who carry forward the agenda of present central and state governments. He said that appointment of advisors most of the times is ‘futile’ exercise and the same adds to the chaos as well as confusion. (KNS)