SGPC annual budget today. The SGPC is all set to present its annual budget for 2018-2019 on Friday. Besides, “dharma prachar” (propagation of Sikh religion), health and education, the GST could be the topic of discussion during the meeting scheduled to be held at Teja Singh Samundri Hall. With focus on promoting education and Sikh religion and its values, the SGPC had passed Rs 1,106.59-crore for 2017-2018.
It is learnt that the current budget may witness an increase of at least 10 per cent. The SGPC has been protesting against the anticipated Rs 10-crore annual GST burden on the langar sewa in gurdwaras. The SGPC has paid Rs 2-crore GST on langar items at the Golden Temple since July when the new tax regime came into being. Though the SGPC officials were tightlipped over the quantum of money to be reserved for different fields, they hinted that dedicating to the upcoming 550 birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, the SGPC has chalked out a programme to propagate Sikh religion.
The SGPC has contemplated to hire services of nearly 200 more Sikh preachers, besides organising camps to train granthis (Sikh priests) who will also be given scholarships and financial aid for preaching. The SGPC, which has already been running several health institutions, has decided to provide free medical aid to needy people in remote and border belt of Punjab.
Specially equipped mobile medical vans would be arranged for the purpose. In the field of education, the SGPC had announced Rs 227 crore for elevating the standard of studies at its 88 institutes in its 2017-2018 budget.
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