The Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) has decided to prepare a comprehensive plan for the maintenance of Sikh shrines in Pakistan.
SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar said this after inaugurating the five-day ‘Inspire’ internship camp sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology at Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College here today.
Makkar said the decision had been taken after the recent judgment of the Pakistan Supreme Court fixing responsibility of the government there for the maintenance of religious institutions of the minorities. He said they would present the draft proposal to the Pakistani authorities so that ‘kar sewa’ of Sikh shrines could be taken up as early as possible. He said the SGPC was also ready to provide funds for the repair of the shrines.
Makkar said a five-member committee had been constituted by the SGPC for the purpose. The committee includes Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor Dr Jaspal Singh and historian Dr JS Grewal. SGPC secretary Roop Singh is the co-coordinator of the panel.
He said the elections to the president of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee would be held on February 25.
Lashing out at the Sarna brothers for objecting to the Nanakshahi calendar, he said he hoped those objecting to the calendar would accept the ‘hukumnama’ issued by the Akal Takht.
Earlier while addressing students, Makkar said science played an important role in each and every sphere of our lives and that it was a tool to decode beautiful principles put in place by nature.
Tribune News Service, Fatehgarh Sahib, February 9