Govt To Provide Full Security To Sikhs In Valley: Farooq11 January 2011
The Daily Excelsior
Jammu: Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy and president J&K National Conference Dr Farooq Abdullah today said that all the minority community people in Kashmir and especially the Sikhs will be provided full security in the Valley. Addressing a grand religious gathering on the occasion of Gurpurab (345th birthday celebration of Guru Gobind Singhji) at Chand Nagar Gurdwara near Gumat here this afternoon, Dr Abdullah said that Government was committed for providing protection to the life and property of Sikh families as well as all other minorities. He said during the great turmoil in1990, the Sikh community members were not allowed to migrate by their Muslim brothers especially in Baramulla and other parts of Valley and now there is no such adverse situation. 'Those resorting to such tactics to threaten minorities shall not be allowed to succeed in their designs. First they have to kill Farooq Abdullah then they can go ahead for such act. All the Sikh families will be provided full security and protection and there is no need to be afraid of any thing in the Valley', Dr Abdullah maintained. While referring to the demand raised by Sikh community members in memorandum for implementation of Punjabi, the Union Minister said that about 12 years back when he was Chief Minister he had first introduced Punjabi as subject in schools. Till then this language could not be fully implemented. Over 200 posts of every language teachers including Punjabi were also not filled up here and the salary is borne by the Union Government for it. He assured that he will talk to the Education Minister and the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah in this regard. Reacting to the demand of cabinet berth to a Sikh community member and induction in the Public Service Commission, Dr Abdullah assures that the matter pertained to the State Government and he will take it up with the Chief Minister. He greeted the people on the occasion and asked them to follow the teachings of the great Guru. Earlier, Dr Abdullah was offered ‘Siropa’ (turban and sword) by the SGPB and DGPC Jammu members. Director General of Police, Kuldip Khoda was also honoured. SGPB president T S Wazir (MLC), provincial president of the NC for Jammu Rattan Lal Gupta and IGP Jammu Dilbagh Singh were also present. A resolution was also adopted and unanimously passed by the community and its copy was submitted to the NC president Dr Abdullah. Like every year, this Gurdwara remained the center of attraction on Gurpurab. DGPC had made elaborate arrangements for the celebrations. Gurdwara was highly decorated. Since early in the morning the devotees thronged this religious place. Ragis Jathas from the State and outside were reciting Gurvani. Similar functions were held in all the Gurdwaras across the State and special prayers were held on Gurpurab today. At Poonch, the main function was held at Gurdwara Singh Sabha. Mahant Manjit Singh of Dera Nangali Sahib was the special guest. He addressed the religious gathering and recalled the teachings and sacrifices of the great Guru. DC and SSP Poonch also offered prayers today. At Nangali Sahib, an impressive function was organized by the community. Reports from Kathua, Udhampur, Samba, R S Pura, Ramgarh, Akhnoor, Nowshera, Rajouri, Reasi, Batote and other parts of the State also poured in about celebrations. Meanwhile, Sikhs from all over the Kashmir valley celebrated birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singhji. Despite snow fall and chilling cold, hundreds of Sikhs thronged Gurudwaras to celebrate the festival. Shabad-Kirtan were recited in all the Gurudwaras. Langars were also served at all the religious places of the community. Chairman All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee Jagmohan Singh Raina in his address said that all the members should follow the teachings of great Guru and draw a lesson from his great sacrifices for the cause of humanity. 'We should stand against injustice and fight for peace and communal harmony even at the cost of our lives', Mr Raina added.