Amritsar, April 27: Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president Bibi Jagir Kaur today held a special meeting with Punjab chief minister (CM) Captain Amarinder Singh and handed over of a memorandum of demand with regards to some important issues of the SGPC and the Sikh Qaum (community).
During the meeting, SGPC president appealed for a solution by Punjab CM’s intervention in the land issue of Gurdwara Sri Amb Sahib, Mohali, installation of solar system at Sri Darbar Sahib Complex at Sri Amritsar as well as approval of maps for new sarais.
Disclosing this here today SGPC president Bibi Jagir Kaur said, “GMADA wanted to acquire about 12 acres of land of Gurdwara Sri Amb Sahib at Mohali which the Punjab Chief Minister has been asked to stop. The property of Gurdwara is the deposit on trust of the Sikh Qaum, which would not be allowed to be taken in possession forcibly.”
Regarding other issues, Bibi Jagir Kaur said that the issue of the solar system being installed at Sri Darbar Sahib Complex has also been taken up with the Punjab CM.
“SGPC wants to install a 2.2 megawatt (MW) solar system in collaboration with the Sikh sangat. Therefore, due to lack of space nearby, it is planned to install the solar system at the land of Gurdwara Satlani Sahib. An appeal has been made to the Punjab chief minister for giving a clearance in this regard”, said SGPC president Bibi Jagir Kaur.
“The chief minister has also been asked to immediately release nearly Rs 43 crore scholarship funds of the scheduled caste (SC) quota of SGPC’s educational institutions. The balance from the year 2017 to 2019 has not been released yet due to which the SGPC’s educational institutions are facing financial difficulties”, said Bibi Jagir Kaur. She has appealed to the Punjab chief minister to release this amount as soon as possible.
Apart from this the SGPC president has also asked Punjab CM to issue instructions for passing the maps for the construction of new sarais (inn) for the sangat that arrives at Sri Harmandar Sahib.
“SGPC wants to construct new sarais but due to non-approval it is facing difficulties. New sarais are needed to accommodate the increasing sangat and to resolve the problem of accommodation. This issue should be resolved”, said Bibi Jagir Kaur.
Bibi Jagir Kaur said Punjab chief minister has also been asked to hand over the Bassi Pathana Jail at Sri Fatehgarh Sahib to SGPC and give permission to start the renovation work of Diwan Todar Mal’s Haweli (mansion).
Bibi Jagir Kaur said, “Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji, the Ninth Guru was kept in Bassi Pathana Jail and it must be preserved as a Qaumi heritage. Management should be given to the SGPC so that it can be taken care of in a befitting manner to preserve the heritage intact.”
SGPC president said that the Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh responded positively to all the issues and assured a speedy resolution to all the highlighted issues.
During the meeting with the Punjab CM, SGPC executive committee member S. Ajmer Singh Khera, member Bibi Paramjit Kaur Landran, OSD to SGPC president Dr Sukhbir Singh and S. Inderpal Singh and others were present.
Invitation to chief minister to participate in centenary celebrations
SGPC president Bibi Jagir Kaur said that during the meeting she has invited the Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh to attend the function being organised to mark the 400th birth anniversary of Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib.
Bibi Jagir Kaur said, “Due to the corona pandemic, the centenary celebrations are being held in a symbolic manner and no large gathering of sangat is being organised. The ceremonies would be held from April 29 to May 1 at Guru Sahib's Parkash Nagri Sri Amritsar.”
Meanwhile, Bibi Jagir Kaur appealed to the Punjab CM to relax the lockdown on Saturday and Sunday keeping in view the centenary celebrations. She said that although lockdown has been ordered due to worsening situation of Covid-19 but the sangat which want to attend the centenary events with devotion should not be stopped. Bibi Jagir Kaur said that the instructions of the health department would be followed during the symbolic ceremonies.
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