March 30, 2003, Chandigarh, India
Rs 206 cr SGPC budget passed
Amritsar, March 29
The general house urged the central government to issue instructions for the holding of general elections of the SGPC. The resolution said that the term of the general house expired in 1996 but the Centre had failed to issue notifications as per the Sikh Gurdwara Act 1925.
Another resolution urged the Centre to deny ‘Sehajdhari Sikhs’ the right to vote in the general election of the SGPC.
The SGPC’s general house criticised the state government for not banning the activities of Ashutosh Maharaj indulging in blasphemous activities like that of Nirankaris. The house also sought arrest of Ashutosh. Another resolution criticised the acquittal of senior Congress leaders, including Sajjan Kumar allegedly responsible for anti-Sikh riots of 1984. Another resolution criticised the Pakistan government for allegedly converting Sikh youths in Pakistan jails. These youths were lured by travel agents into going abroad for jobs.
The SGPC house sought intervention of the Government of India to get the youths from Pakistan jails, released.
The house also criticised the Shiromani Khalsa Panchayat for allegedly creating ‘ruckus’ in the SGPC complex on February 22. The house expressed concern over the dilapidated condition of Sikh shrines in Bangladesh. Another resolution expressed concern over the Sikh shrines in Baghdad following US attack on Iraq.
The budget presented by Mr Hardalbir Singh Shah, general secretary of the SGPC earmarked Rs 7.19 crore for educational funds, Rs 3.82 crore trust fund and Rs 16.86 lakh for general board fund.
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