APSCC urges inclusion in J-K’s autonomous bodies

APSCC chairman, Jagmohan Singh Raina
APSCC chairman, Jagmohan Singh Raina during a press conference

SRINAGAR — The All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC) has raised concerns regarding the absence of Sikh representation in autonomous bodies such as the Jammu & Kashmir Public Service Commission (JKPSC) and Jammu & Kashmir Services Selection Board (JKSSB).

In a press release issued today, the APSCC called upon Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha to appoint honest and upright Sikh officers to these crucial positions.

Jagmohan Singh Raina, Chairman of APSCC, emphasized the need for inclusion, stating that there are numerous qualified Sikh officers capable of serving on the JKPSC and JKSSB. Raina expressed disappointment over what he described as ongoing discrimination against the Sikh community, citing their exclusion from key decision-making bodies as evidence.

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“For decades, Sikhs in Jammu & Kashmir have faced systemic discrimination in all aspects of life. Previous administrations have neglected the Sikh community, and unfortunately, the current situation remains unchanged,” Raina remarked.

Raina urged Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha to prioritize Sikh representation in Jammu & Kashmir’s autonomous bodies, emphasizing the importance of diversity and inclusivity. He also highlighted the absence of any specific employment initiatives tailored to the Sikh community in the union territory.

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