Srinagar: A Sikh delegation on Wednesday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and demanded minority status for the community in Jammu and Kashmir and a special employment package for its youths.

It also appealed to the Prime Minister to take meaningful steps for ensuring lasting peace in the valley. "We raised several of our demands like minority status and employment package for youths of the community" during a meeting with the Prime Minister,” Jagmohan Singh Raina, All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee chairman, said.

"We also appealed to the Prime Minister to take meaningful steps to ensure lasting peace in Kashmir," said Raina, who led the 5-member delegation.

They reminded the Prime Minister of his promise to look into the problems facing Sikhs in Kashmir during his previous visit to the valley in 2010, he said.

"Despite fulfilling all the criteria, the Sikhs are being denied the minority status in Jammu and Kashmir," Raina said.

"Special reservation in jobs should be made for the youth of the community in government and semi-government sectors in the valley as they are always left out whenever a package is announced for Kashmir,” Raina added.

(Agencies)

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