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Local Sikh organizations to take the case of New Zealand youth trapped in India due to corona: Advocate Dhami

AMRIK SINGH | January 17, 2022 10:17 PM

AMRITSAR: A large number of Punjabis from New Zealand who could not return due to  Corona epidemic today called on the President of the  Shiromani  Gurdwara  Parbandhak  Committee (SGPC) Mr Harjinder Singh Dhami and sought his cooperation in resolving the issue. 

The SGPC president wrote a letter to Bhai Daljit Singh, president of Sikh Supreme Society Auckland, a New Zealand-based Sikh organization, asking him to resolve the issue by phone. The Sikh youths from New Zealand who met Shiromani Committee President Mr  Harjinder Singh Dhami said that about 800 Punjabis were disturbed by the corona and could not return to New Zealand. Family members of many of them are also there. 

Due to Corona restrictions, they have not been granted entry for the last two years and in the meantime most of their visas have expired. 

He said that in this case he is facing a lot of trouble and his family members living in New Zealand are also going through mental anguish. 

Mr Dhami, President of the Shiromani Committee, after the discussion of these Sikh youth, approached the Supreme Sikh Society, the largest Sikh body in New Zealand, to help the victims. During the talks, Mr  Dhami was assured by Bhai Daljit Singh, President of the Sikh Supreme Society, that he was serious about resolving the issue and was working for the early return of the youths who had gone to India.

 He said talks were underway with the government in this regard. The SGPC President, meanwhile, has written a letter to the President of the Sikh Supreme Society, Auckland, urging the government to make a concerted effort to reach out to the Sikh youth and their family members.

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