SGPC objects to proposed introduction of ballistic helmets for Sikh troops

The SGPC delegation declared that any interference with Sikh identity would not be tolerated. As a result, they stated that the use of helmets on Sikh soldiers is unacceptable

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Attorney General R Venkataramani said the Centre had paid one installment of OROP arrears to ex-servicemen but needed some more time for further payments. Representational pic

The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee has vehemently disapproved of any proposal to equip Sikh soldiers with ballistic helmets.

A delegation of the SGPC, the apex religious body of the Sikhs, met the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) chief to discuss the issue.

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The SGPC delegation said no interference in the matter of Sikh identity will be tolerated. Therefore, under no circumstances the helmets can be accepted on Sikh soldiers, they said.


The remarks come amid reports that introduction of ballistic helmets for Sikh soldiers is being considered.

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The SGPC delegation on Friday attended the meeting at the NCM office in New Delhi. The delegation included SGPC general secretary Gurcharan Singh Grewal and member Raghbir Singh Saharan Majra.

It registered a strong objection before NCM chairperson Iqbal Singh Lalpura to the government’s reported proposal to make Sikh soldiers wear helmets and made a point that there can be no discussion or reasoning on this issue.

(With agency inputs)