Wednesday, July 4, 2001,
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45 SGPC employees demoted
All were promoted by Bibi Jagir Kaur
Varinder Walia
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, July 3
As many as 45 SGPC employees promoted during the presidentship of Bibi Jagir Kaur have been demoted, causing resentment and insecurity among the employees.

In a virtual watch-hunt as many employees who had shifted their loyality to Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi were spared. Many employees who were loyal to Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, a former SGPC chief, were reverted by Bibi Jagir Kaur.

The game of political vendetta was first launched by Bibi Jagir Kaur a few months after taking over as SGPC chief. She reverted and promoted 150 employees. Large-scale promotions and revertions took place for the first time during the time of Bibi Jagir Kaur, employees said.

With this step the differences between the Bibi and Mr Talwandi have widened.

Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister and President, Shiromani Akali Dal, has publicly asked Mr Talwandi and Bibi Jagir Kaur to sort out their differences. Mr Talwandi and the Bibi have rushed to the press on various issues, criticising each other. Mr Talwandi has gone to the extent of stating that Bibi Jagir Kaur had no knowledge of Sikh affairs and took irrational decisions.

On the other hand, the Bibi has criticised Mr Talwandi for withdrawing the decision on sending jathas to Pakistan taken in protest against the formation of the Pakistan Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee headed by a former ISI chief.

Dr Gurbachan Singh Bachan, secretary, and Mr Dayal Singh, personal assistant to Mr Talwandi, said the decision on demotions would not affect the grades of the employees. The employees against sanctioned posts during the presidentship of Bibi Jagir Kaur had not been touched.

Sources said another list of low-ranked employees would be released after gauging the mood of the employees.

Mr Onkar Singh Sharifpura, executive member belonging to the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal, said it was unfortunate that a ‘wrong precedent’ set by Bibi Jagir Kaur had been repeated by Mr Talwandi. He alleged many employees were reverted by the then SGPC chief, Bibi Jagir Kaur, on the pretext that they were ‘Tohra loyalists’.

He said there must be a set procedure for promotions.

Among those demoted are five Assistant Secretaries who have been made supervisors, three assistant managers (now inspectors) and three assistant superintendents (now clerks).

Interestingly, the employees were reverted when five assistant secretaries approached the SGPC executive for revising their scales. On hearing that they were promoted by Bibi Jagir Kaur, Mr Talwandi constituted a sub-committee to seek a report on “out-of-turn promotions” during the tenure of the Bibi.

Insiders say Mr Badal is perturbed at the animosity between Bibi Jagir Kaur and Mr Talwandi. Mr Talwandi has reversed several decisions by Bibi Jagir Kaur. Immediately after taking over as President, SPGC, he appointed Giani Puran Singh as Head Granthi, Golden Temple. He was sacked as Jathedar, Akal Takht, by the executive committee during Bibi Jagir Kaur’s tenure.

Then, Mr Harjit Singh, personal assistant to Bibi Jagir Kaur, who was promoted on the day she was unceremoniously removed as SGPC chief, was reverted to the rank of assistant secretary.


Manoj Prabhakar hospitalised

Dehra Dun, July 3
Former Teat cricketer Manoj Prabhakar, arrested in connection with a cheating case and admitted to a private clinic following suspected brain stroke, was today remanded to 14 days judicial custody by a court at Haldwani.

Judicial Magistrate Ashok Kumar visited Prabhakar at the hospital and ordered that a medical report of the former cricketer be sent to the court on a daily basis, the Superintendent of Police, Nainital, Mr Jeevan Chand Pandey, said.

Prabhakar was arrested by the Uttaranchal police from his South Delhi office yesterday following a non-bailable arrest warrant issued by the Haldwani Judicial Magistrate in connection with a chit-fund company APACE Investment Ltd case on May 11.

The police had alleged that Prabhakar, as director of the company, had defrauded and cheated people while accepting deposits from them. PTI


Gadar’ sells like hot cakes in Pak
Anirudh Gupta

Ferozepore, July 3
The much-publicised Zee Telefilms production “Gadar” has virtually created “Gadar” in Pakistan. This Sunny Deol-Amisha Patel starrer is being shown all over Pakistan in small cinema halls and CDs are also reportedly available in which Sunny Deol’s provocative dialogues against Pakistan have been erased. This information was shared by Mr S. Harpal Singh Bhullar, President, International Bhai Mardana Society, who recently came back from Pakistan along with 12 Sikh prisoners detained there.

Mr Bhullar who was instrumental in their dramatic release said the CDs for this film were available for Rs 50 as rent against the normal rent of Rs 30. He said some fundamentalists and Muslim radicals had lodged a strong protest against the sequence of events depicted in the film.

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