Sikh women to be exempted from wearing helmet in Chandigarh
Punjab

Sikh women to be exempted from wearing helmet in Chandigarh

Chandigarh, Oct 12: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday announced the notification, stating that the move making it mandatory for Sikh women to wear helmets in the Union Territory, would be withdrawn.

Even as he assured a Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) delegation that the 60:40 ratio would be maintained as far as posting of employees from Punjab and Haryana respectively is concerned in Chandigarh.

Thanking Mr Rajnath Singh for acceding to both these demands of the Sikh community as well as Punjab is at large, former chief minister Parkash Singh Badal said the Home Minister had assured the notification issued on in July 2018 making it mandatory for Sikh women to wear helmets in the Union Territory would be withdrawn and that they would be exempted from wearing helmets while driving two wheelers as earlier.

The SAD delegation, led by Mr Badal and party president Sukhbir Singh Badal, had during a meeting in Delhi apprised the Home Minister that the notification was against the spirit of Supreme Court judgment on the issue and was also against the Sikh ‘Rehat Maryada’.

Mr Badal, who was accompanied by the SAD chief as well as Mr Balwinder Singh Bhundur, Maheshinder Singh Grewal and Dr Daljit Cheema, also thanked the Home minister for the positive response given to the plea of the SAD that Punjab was being divested of its rights in Chandigarh by bringing in notifications which aimed at constituting a composite police cadre for union territories.(UNI)