October 9, 2012 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
New Delhi/Chandigarh, India (October 08, 2012): According to media reports the Delhi Government on October 08, 2012 approved a Bill assaying certain changes in functioning of Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee (DSGMC).
As per information the in draft of Delhi Sikh Gurudwaras (Amendment) Bill, 2012 was cleared in a meeting of the Delhi Cabinet presided over by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.
The Bill is now expected to be sent to the Union Home Ministry for approval following which it may be tabled in the Delhi Assembly.
It is notable that the DSGMC was constituted under Section 3 of Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Act, 1971 with an aim to oversee functioning of the historic and major Sikh Gurudwaras across Delhi.
The amendment reportedly seeks to extend tenure of the president of the Committee to four years. Now the committee is elected every two years.
It is notable that the DSGMC consists of 46 elected members from single member wards and nine co-opted members.
On the other hand, in Punjab, the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) has strongly reacted to the Delhi Government’s decision make such an amendment. Badal Dal has termed the move as anti-democratic exercise to scuttle the elections that were to be held before December 31, 2012 as per court directive.
Badal Dal has repeated it’s allegations that Congress Party is making direct intervention in the internal religious affairs of Sikhs and warned against playing with the Sikh sentiments.
In a statement issued here today, Badal Dal President Sukhbir Singh Badal said that this backdoor exercise by Congress Party indicates the fact that they are sure that Sarna brothers, moving with the tacit support of Congress party would be wiped out from the DSGMC elections and Congress wants to keep them in illegal occupation of Gurdwara body by tweaking the law.
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