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Sikhs demands revocation of SRO-425, stages protest in Srinagar

Sikhs demands revocation of SRO-425, stages protest in Srinagar
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Srinagar: Kashmiri Sikh Community Monday held a protest demonstration in Srinagar demanding revocation of SRO (Sadr-e-Riyasat ordinance) 425 in Jammu and Kashmir.
The Community demanded that a high-level probe into various packages announced by successive governments at the Centre for Kashmiri Pandits and alleged that other communities in Jammu and Kashmir have been ignored.
“Over the years, it has been observed that the governments in New Delhi have been announcing packages for Kashmiri Pandits and nothing has been done with respect to Muslim and Sikh communities,” Jagmohan Singh Raina told Reporters on the sidelines of the protest that was held in Pratap Park Srinagar.
“Sikhs are up against many odds and are facing difficulties with regard to employment, political representation and assistance in business, agriculture and horticulture sectors, he said.
The Sikh protesters were holding placards seeking revocation of SRO 425 said that Government has completely ignored them to give all benefits to Kashmiri Panidts who according to them are not migrants but fugitives.
They said a probe should be carried out into the “undue” packages announced for Kashmiri Pandits over the years by a parliamentary panel or by a sitting judge of the Supreme Court.
“A thorough probe would expose the officials who have been doling out these packages from time to time.”
“The SRO 425 issued in October 2017 by the state government to provide jobs, under the Prime Minister’s package, to Kashmiri Pandits, who have not migrated from the Valley, is an act of gross discrimination against the Sikh community,” they alleged and warned that if their genuine demands are not fulfilled they will continue their protest.

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