Raju to take steps for return of Sikh library books

Raju“I will try to bring back rare historical books of the Sikh Reference Library of the Golden Temple taken away by the Army after Operation Bluestar”. Stating this to the media here today, Pallam Raju, union minister of state for defence, who was in the city to pay obeisance at the holy shrine, said the matter had been brought to his notice for the first time and he would initiate steps for their return if these were in the custody of the Army authorities.

Ranjit Singh Nanda, a retired CBI inspector, had disclosed that rare manuscripts, hukamnamas, books and invaluable material of the library had been taken away after Operation Bluestar.

Raju said with the installation of a democratically elected government in Pakistan they would renew efforts for the return of prisoners of war. To a query about the problems being faced by farmers in tilling their farms across the fence on the border, the minister said he was not aware of the ground realities. He said that he would take up the matter with the government. He added that in order to meet the shortage of military officers the union government had made a provision of Rs 2 crore for each Sainik School for providing better training to students.

Meanwhile, Avtar Singh, SGPC chief, in a memorandum submitted to the minister urged him for recruitment of Sikh youths in the defence forces as lesser number of Sikh youths were being recruited from the state. He also urged the minister for the deletion of names of Sikhs from the blacklist.

Later, Raju also visited the Jallianwala Bagh and paid tributes.

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