Tablets for girl students, quality education on Badalsí manifesto for DSGMC polls

Tablets for girl students, overhaul of the education system and justice for the victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots were a few of the promises in the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) manifesto that was released on Saturday, ahead of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) polls.

The SAD(B) seeks to oust the SAD (Delhi), led by Paramjit Singh Sarna, which has retained control of the DSGMC for 12 years. The elections are scheduled for January 27.

Releasing the manifesto on Saturday, SAD (B) President Sukhbir Singh Badal called on Sikhs to oust the present DSGMC regime so that "much-needed change" could be brought about.

"For the development of the Sikh community in Delhi, you must vote for us and oust the present regime led by the Sarna brothers," Badal said.

President of the Delhi SAD (B) Manjit Singh said girl students pursuing higher education would get tablets to assist their studies and that, if voted to power, the SAD(B) would overhaul the educational institutions run by DSGMC.

"Our manifesto concentrates on education, which we believe has degraded in the last 12 years and we will strive to work for economically weaker students who have little access to education," Manjit Singh said.

The manifesto also lists out setting up of a Gurdwara Judicial Commission to run all Sikh institutions in Delhi, a new university, a sports institute and a school of excellence, which will help students pursuing civil service examinations.

According to Manjit Singh, the SAD(B) would also work towards providing aid to victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots and pursue the issue of citizenship for Sikhs who had fled from Afghanistan.

The SAD(B) has 12 members in the outgoing 46-member DSGMC.

While elections to the DSGMC were slated for 2011, polls were not held and it was only after a Supreme Court directive that the present date was announced.

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