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J&K: Sikh Gurdwara parbandhak committee elections postponed

January 3, 2014 | By

Srinagar, Kashmir (January 03, 2014): It is learnt that in after holding a high level meeting on the issue, the Jammu and Kashmir government decided to postpone the elections to gurdwara parbandhak committees following the recent heavy snowfall in various parts of the state, and representations by various quarters belonging to the Sikh community.

It may be recalled that the elections were scheduled to be held on January 15.

As per certain media report [i]n a high-level meeting chaired by law minister Mir Saifullah, several issues related to the conduct of elections to gurdwara parbandhak committees under the Jammu and Kashmir Gurdwaras and Religious Endowments Act, 1973, were discussed and it was decided that the elections would be postponed and new dates would be announced later.

The minister reportedly said that as per the court directions regarding delimitation of the constituencies, fresh exercise for the elections would be conducted by the revenue financial commissioner.

A section of Sikhs in Jammu and Kashmir state had opposed holding elections in December 2013. It had said more than 50% of the Sikh population migrates outside Kashmir for about four months in winter, and had maintained that some vested interests were deliberately insisting on holding elections in this period for their own gain.

According to media reports Revenue financial commissioner Arun Kumar, finance principal secretary finance BB Vyas, law and parliamentary affairs secretary Mohammad Ashraf Mir and other officers were also present at the meeting.

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