Amritsar, September 23, 2021 (Yes Punjab News)
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) President Bibi Jagir Kaur alleged that the Government of India is adopting an unserious attitude on various Sikh issues and appropriate action was not being taken on the letters and resolutions sent by the SGPC to the government from time to time.
SGPC President Bibi Jagir Kaur was speaking to the media after the SGPC’s executive committee (EC) meeting on Thursday.
Bibi Jagir Kaur said, “The Government of India has been written several times to bring about 30 locally-managed historical gurdwaras under the direct control of the SGPC as per the Sikh Gurdwaras Act. Sadly, but it is saddening that the government is not responding. The Indian government is not serious about Sikh issues.”
SGPC President said that SGPC’s executive committee has decided to meet the Home Minister of India after serious consideration on the matter and a delegation of SGPC will visit Delhi soon.
“It was due to this unserious attitude of the Government of India that even the general elections of the SGPC are not being held on time”, said Bibi Jagir Kaur.
Meanwhile, she also demanded severe punishment for the culprit of the incident at Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib, Sri Anandpur Sahib.
Bibi Jagir Kaur said, “SGPC has been demanding to exposure of the anti-Sikh forces behind the incident from day one and today the EC has decided that if the government does not take appropriate action within a week, then SGPC will give the next program. It is imperative for the peace of Punjab to bring fore the real culprits behind the incident and the SGPC would take this matter at every level. The government should take stern action against the culprits instead of delaying the matter.”
Bibi Jagir Kaur also expressed serious concern over the disrespect to the hair (beard) of Sikhs and their identity, who went to Delhi in support of the farmers’ agitation and the issue “A video that has come to light with regards to disrespect to the hair of Sikhs has hurt the sentiments of Sikhs. I appeal to the farmers’ leaders to issue statements to clarify stand for such people who were undermining the farmers’ struggle due to such heinous acts. Any insult to the Sikh identity could not be tolerated. Those who are guilty of this should be punished”, said Bibi Jagir Kaur.
SGPC President said that a sub-committee was formed to look into the evidence of the military attack on Sachkhand Sri Harmandar Sahib and Sri Akal Takht Sahib in June 1984 and the recommendations of this committee will be acted upon.
“The pain of this Sikh genocide is still present in the hearts of Sikhs and the SGPC will work to save its evidence and marks. Also, the historic well of the sixth Guru in the basement of Sri Akal Takht Sahib will soon be opened for the Sangat so that it can have its glimpse. The sub-committee has given a detailed report on these matters, which has been approved by the executive committee for implementation”, said Bibi Jagir Kaur.
On the occasion, SGPC President congratulated the officers and staff of Sri Guru Ramdas Charitable Hospital, Sri Amritsar on the hospital’s accreditation by NABH and said that it would enhance the facilities available to the needy.
She also expressed satisfaction over the successive victories being recorded by the SGPC’s Kabaddi team in the Delhi Morcha Kabaddi League being organized by the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha in Delhi.
SGPC EC also paid tributes for the demise of Chief Khalsa Diwan leader S. Bhag Singh Ankhi and Sikh leader of Jammu and Kashmir S. Tarlochan Singh Wazir after reading out condolences resolutions in this regard.
Apart from SGPC President Bibi Jagir Kaur, senior vice-president S. Surjit Singh Bhitewad, junior vice-president Baba Buta Singh, general secretary Advocate Bhagwant Singh Sialka, chief secretary Advocate Harjinder Singh Dhami, executive committee members, and concerned officials were also present.