Senior Congress leader Jagmeet Singh Brar on Monday asked Sikh scholars and luminaries to join hands in questioning the union as well as state governments for the plight of unemployment among Sikhs that reflected in the National Sample Survey Organisation.
The survey has put Sikhs among the highest unemployed in cities and towns of India. Brar said the situation in Punjab is the worst as according to authentic surveys, 60% youth in Punjab do drugs, of which 80% are the rural youth. The number of Sikh youth in rural areas is above 90%, he said.
"I have sought an appointment with President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to discuss the issue of unemployment among Sikhs. The Prime Minister should ask for a national report immediately so that it is discussed in the monsoon session of Parliament," said Brar.
He said he would meet various leaders of the opposition to write to their respective chief ministers on the issue.
"It's a matter of shame for all of us that the community which made the maximum sacrifices during the freedom movement has the highest unemployment in their own country. Facts show that Canada, the US, the UK, Germany and Italy have provided more opportunities to the Punjabi youth. There are many Sikhs in the UK, Canada and Italy police with turbans. Even Australia has provided many opportunities to Sikhs," said Brar.
He urged all Sikh political leaders to fight for the rights of Sikhs. Sikh writers and academics should join the movement to help the community, he added.