Chandigarh, Punjab: When eminent Sikh scholars, academicians, doctors, retired defence officers, bureaucrats, lawyers and businessmen owing allegiance to the International Sikh Confederation assemble here next Sunday, important issues facing the Sikh community are expected to come up for discussion.
The confederation’s general house meeting would review all major activities besides deliberating upon important and sensitive issues like ban on turban and carrying kirpan besides incidents of racial discrimination against Sikhs. Set up in 2005, the International Sikh Confederation has enlarged its area of activities to rural healthcare and education and youth empowerment besides continuing to delve on major issues, including turban and kirpan besides racial discrimination.
Confederation chief executive officer Lt-Gen (retired) Kartar Singh says that under its scheme to set up coaching centres for rural youth to prepare them for competitions and employment, a centre is already running at Mukandpur, Nawanshahr.
The confederation has adopted Sarkpara village in Fatehgarh Sahib as a model project to improve rural healthcare. It gives scholarships to deserving rural and needy students. Guru Nanak Education Fund, an initiative of Queen’s Council member Justice Mota Singh, has been one of its most commendable initiatives to educate rural and needy youth. It would also discuss implementation of the PM’s 15-point programme by allotting scholarships to rural students from minorities The growing problem of unemployment would also come up.
Eminent farm scientists including Sardara Singh Johl, Gurcharan Singh Kalkat besides Justice Mota Singh, Gurdev Singh Brar, Dr Gurbux Singh, Dr Sukhmandar Singh, Manjit Singh Calcutta, Dr Kulwant Kaur, Gurpreet Singh, Lt-Col Jagtar Singh Multani and Bibi Baljit Kaur represent the confederation.