Srinagar, August 23 (Scoop News) — A deputation of the All India Shiromani Akali Dal (Aitsar) led by its President, S. Jaswant Singh Maan called on the Governor, N. N. Vohra, at Raj Bhavan, here today and submitted to him a Memorandum of their demands.
The 6-member delegation also discussed with the Governor the situation obtaining in the
The demands projected in the Memorandum, interalia, included measures for socio-economic development of the Sikh community, their representation in various bodies, including the State Legislature, J&K Public Service Commission and J&K Subordinate Services Recruitment Board, launching a special recruitment drive for the youth of the community in the Kashmir Valley and teaching of Punjabi language in the schools for students of the Sikh community in the Valley.
Other demands highlighted by the deputationists included setting up of a Punjabi Department in the University of Kashmir and establishing a Punjabi section in the Jammu and Kashmir State Academy of Art, Culture and Languages.
The Governor gave a patient hearing to the deputation and informed that he had addressed the Chief Minister earlier this month to urgently enforce effective measures for safeguarding the safety and security of the Sikh community and that he would write to the Chief Minister yet again.
The deputation comprised General Secretary, All India Shiromani Akali Dal (Aitsar), S. Bhagwant Singh Oman, President, All India Shiromani Akali Dal, J&K, Dr. Joginder Singh Shan, its State General Secretary, S. Satinder Singh, Advocate, S. Satnam Singh Kanda and S. Harminder Singh Hanji.
The Principal Secretary to the Governor, R. K. Goyal was present on the occasion.