Sikhs in J&K seek minority status, jobs

 The minuscule Sikh community in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday threatened a protest march from Lal Chowk to Parliament if the state government ignores its demands, including minority status for the community and employment package for educated Sikh youth.

The decision to hold a protest march from the historic Lal Chowk in the heart of Srinagar to the Parliament in New Delhi was taken unanimously at the end of two-day maiden Sikh National Conference here.

However, no timeframe was set for the proposed march. The conference, organised by Srinagar-based All Parties Sikh Coordinating Committee at Sir Dr Syed Iqbal Mini Convention Centre was attended by hundreds of Sikhs from different parts of the country.
Other demands of the community leaders include issuance of state subject certificates to Sikhs, scholarships to Sikh youths and preference to them during admission in technical and non-technical colleges at par with Kashmiri Pandit migrants.

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