Amritsar, October 19, 2021 (Yes Punjab News)
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has decided to expand the sarais (inns) for the Sangat (community) that arrives to pay obeisance at Sri Harmandar Sahib.
During the SGPC executive committee (EC) meeting presided over by SGPC Bibi Jagir Kaur today, the construction of a new modern sarai having about 1,500 rooms has been approved. The new sarai would be constructed at the location of Hansli near Gheo Mandi Chowk on the way to Sri Darbar Sahib.
Talking to the press reporters after the EC meeting, Bibi Jagir Kaur said that the Kar Sewa (voluntary service) of the new sarai to be constructed for the pilgrims arriving at Sri Harmandar Sahib has been entrusted to Baba Kashmir Singh Bhuriwale and its construction will begin from November 1.
“A vehicle parking lot would be built on the ground floor of this five storied sarai building and a store would also be built here for storing the ration offered by the Sangat for Sri Guru Ramdas Ji Langar. Moreover, the old building of Sri Guru Ramdas School near Gurdwara Sri Ramsar Sahib would be maintained intact to its old structure and repaired”, said Bibi Jagir Kaur.
Bibi Jagir Kaur said that the SGPC EC has strongly condemned the “ridiculous remarks” made by pracharak (preacher) Bhai Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwale about the spiritual shrine Sri Harmandar Sahib.
“No preacher has the right to speak ill about the historical shrines of the Sikh community.
The sentiments of the Sangat have been hurt by the remarks of Dhadrianwale linking Sri Harmandar Sahib with the incident at Singhu border. Sri Harmandar Sahib is a common place where people of all faiths visit with devotion.
It is not good to instill fear in the Sangat towards this holy place. Bhai Ranjit Singh should not hurt the faith under the guise of Sikh preaching and should not ignore the historical significance of the holy places”, said Bibi Jagir Kaur.
Meanwhile, Bibi Jagir Kaur also condemned the incident at Singhu border and demanded an impartial inquiry. She condemned the incident at Lakhimpur Kheri and pledged to stand with the families of the victims farmers.
3% increase in dearness allowance of SGPC employees
The SGPC EC also approved a 3 per cent increase in the dearness allowance (DA) of the employees of the SGPC.
Disclosing this here today Bibi Jagir Kaur said that apart from the 3 per cent increase in DA, a special allowance of Rs 1,000 will be given to those employees having salaries up to Rs 20,000 and Rs 500 to those with salaries from Rs 20,000 to Rs 40,000. She said that although the financial crisis persisted due to COVID-19, the salaries of the SGPC employees were still paid. She also lauded the work done by the employees during COVID-19 pandemic.
SGPC EC also recited Moolmantra and Gurmantra to pay tributes to SGPC member Jathedar Sewa Singh Sekhwan, Hakim Satnam Singh who was killed in Pakistan, Ragi Bhai Surinder Singh Jodhpuri, Principal Bibi Supinder Kaur who was killed in Srinagar, Kashmir and farmers who were killed in Lakhimpur incident.
Apart from SGPC President Bibi Jagir Kaur, junior vice-president Baba Buta Singh, general secretary Advocate Bhagwant Singh Sialka, chief secretary Advocate Harjinder Singh Dhami, EC members S. Satwinder Singh Tohra, S. Baldev Singh Chunghan, Baba Charanjit Singh Jassowal, S. Ajmer Singh Khera, S. Navtej Singh Kauni, Bibi Malkit Kaur Kamalpur, S. Harbhajan Singh Masanan, S. Amrik Singh Shahpur, secretary S. Mahinder Singh Ahli, additional secretary S. Sukhdev Singh Bhurakohna, S. Partap Singh, S. Sukhminder Singh, assistant secretary S. Kulwinder Singh Ramdas, S. Tejinder Singh Padda, S. Nirvel Singh, OSDs to SGPC President Dr Amrik Singh Latifpur and Dr Sukhbir Singh, superintendent Malkit Singh Beharwal were present.