Jammu: Sikh outfits on Monday demanded that Jammu and Kashmir government set up a minority commission to ensure that the rights of the community are protected.

"We appeal to Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to immediately issue notification for the formation of minority commission in Jammu & Kashmir State," chief patron of Jammu & Kashmir Sikh Societies Amalgamate Gurdeep Singh Sasan told reporters.
He said that the Jammu & Kashmir State is not covered by National Minority Commission (NCM) Act 1992 whose section 1(2) states that the Act extends to the whole of India except of Jammu & Kashmir and so the Sikh community is deprived of many benefits meant for minority communities in the country.

Sasan demanded an amendment in NCM Act 1992 to make it applicable to Jammu & Kashmir.

Sasan also appealed to the government to ensure that amendment to Anand Marriage Act is validated in J&K. He said that the state assembly must approve the central amendment thereby giving the opportunity to Sikhs to register their marriages under Anand Marriage Act.


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