SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal
SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal

HPSC bans Sikhs from wearing symbols of faith in exams; SAD seeks withdrawal of order

ANI | Updated: Mar 30, 2019 19:35 IST

Chandigarh (Punjab), Mar 30 (ANI): SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Saturday requested Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar to ask the Haryana Public Service Commission (HPSC) to "immediately rescind a notification banning Sikh candidates from wearing the symbol of their faith while giving the State civil services examination."
Badal said that the Haryana Public Service Commission has allegedly come out with an order that no candidate will be allowed to carry religious symbols in the examination centre. The examination is slated to be held on Sunday.
Badal said that religious symbols including the 'Kada, Kangha, and Sri Sahib' were an 'inalienable' part of the Sikh religion and no Sikh should be asked to part with the same during any examination.
“The Haryana Public Service Commission is expected to be aware of this considering the large population of Sikhs in Haryana. It should be directed not to disrespect the Sikh community and hurt its sentiments by passing such arbitrary and uncalled for orders,” said Badal.
The SAD president also "brought it to the notice of the Haryana chief minister that Article 25 of the constitution safeguarded the rights of all citizens to profess and practices the tenets of their faith."
“Keeping these facts in view I request you to direct the Haryana Public Service Commission to rescind its notification and allow Sikhs as well as candidates belonging to other religions to sport symbols of their faith during all examinations,” said Badal. (ANI)

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