Amritsar: The general house meeting of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), on Saturday as a mark of respect, remembered the five ex-members of the SGPC who died in the past. The contribution of the departed members related to the panthic activities was also cherished by the gathering.
After Kirpal Singh Badungar elected the new SGPC chief, he expressed deep concern over the incidents of desecration of “gutkas” of Sri Guru Granth Sahib at various places of the state and other parts of the country. He asked the gathering to ensure that such untoward incidents did not occur in future.
A resolution was also passed by which it was demanded that a case under section 295-A be registered against those found guilty for such inhuman acts and exemplary punishment be given to such persons.
By passing another resolution, exemplary punishment was demanded for those who are guilty of “Sikhs Carnage” during June 1984 and November 1984 that transpired after operation Bluestar and assassination of then PM Indira Gandhi, respectively.
It was regretted that even after 32 years have lapsed, nothing had been done to bring the guilty to book. Through another resolution, the gathering thanked Punjab government and Union government for solving the issues of Sehajdhari Sikh voters for good.
Yet through another resolution, it was demanded from the government of Bangladesh through government of India that the Gurdwaras in that country were not properly taken care of and hence, were in very bad shape.
In addition, the SGPC should be given powers to send Sikh Jathas from India in Bangladesh in order to see gurdwaras there as happens in Pakistan.
It’s pertinent to mention that today’s general house meeting of SGPC was presided over by Balwinder Singh, who was given temporary charge of Deputy Commissioner Amritsar in place of the incumbent Varun Roojam. As per the Sikh Gurdwara Act, 1925, the first meeting of the SGPC general house is presided over by Amritsar DC and it is for that reason Amritsar used to have a Sikh officer as its Deputy Commissioner since partition but now the situation has been changed.
The whole process completed amidst the chanting of religious slogans ‘Bole-so-Nihal Sat Sri Akal’.
Notably, this is the second term of 73-year-old writer, academician, politician and socio-religious figure Kirpal Singh Badungar as he has already performed the same duty from 2001-2003.
He has replaced Avtar Singh Makkar who was elected for one year in the general house of the SGPC in 2011 but was kept under suspended animation by the Supreme Court due to litigation.
The stay was lifted few weeks back that allowed the new house to assemble for the next move.
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