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Meeting of Dharam Prachar Committee chaired by Bibi Jagir Kaur

‘When there is no danger to pilgrims going to Pakistan now, then why was it during Saka Nankana Sahib centenary?’ asks Bibi Jagir Kaur Meeting with representatives of Sikh sampradas to be held on April 3 regarding 400th Prakash Purab centenary: Bibi Jagir Kaur Amritsar, March 23: A number of important decisions have been taken at the Dharam Prachar Committee meeting held here under the chairmanship of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president Bibi Jagir Kaur. Speaking after the gathering, SGPC president Bibi Jagir Kaur said that the sangat would be encouraged towards the centenary celebrations by launching a vigorous religious preaching movement (Dharam Prachar Movement) at the village level dedicated to the 400th birth anniversary of Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib. She said under this religious preachers (pracharak), poetry (kavishar) and ballad singing (dhaddi) groups will make the sangat listen to the history of Guru Ji through religious programmes and also make contact through dialogue. In addition, a meeting will be held on April 3 with the representatives of different sampradas of Sikhs from Sant Samaaj, Nihung Singh Jathabandis, Kar Sewa and other organizations for the centenary celebrations. Bibi Jagir Kaur said that the main function of Prakash Purab centenary on May 1 would be a memorable one and discussions would be held with the heads of various Sikh organizations for the preparations of the same. Disclosing this here today Bibi Jagir Kaur said, “On the basis of the applications received for the payment of fees of Sikligar Sikh children, it has been decided that the fees of these children studying in different states would be paid directly to the schools. Therefore, the representatives of the SGPC will personally visit the schools as well as the Sikligar families. The SGPC is fully committed to the education of Sikligar Sikh children.” Regarding other decisions taken in the meeting, Bibi Jagir Kaur said, “The scholarships would be given to the students who scored 70% and above in the religious examination conducted by the Dharam Prachar Committee. Apart from the scholarship amount, separate prize money will also be provided to the meritorious students.” SGPC president Bibi Jagir Kaur also informed that the sangat would soon be able to see the printing and the maintenance of holy Guru Granth Sahib at Sri Guru Granth Sahib Bhawan at Gurdwara Sri Ramsar Sahib. “A map has been prepared in this regard and the work is expected to be completed within the next four months”, said Bibi Jagir Kaur. During the gathering SGPC chief secretary Adv Harjinder Singh Dhami, Dharam Prachar Committee member Bhai Ajaib Singh Abhayasi, S. Sukhwarsh Singh Pannu, S. Avtar Singh Vanwala, S. Manjit Singh Bappiana, S. Rampal Singh Behniwal, executive committee member S. Navtej Singh Kauni, assistant secretary Simarjeet Singh, S. Kulwinder Singh Ramdas, OSD S. Satbir Singh, Dr. Amrik Singh Latifpur, Dr. Sukhbir Singh, superintendent Malkit Singh Beharwal, in-charge Varinder Singh Tharu and others were present. ‘When there is no danger to pilgrims going to Pakistan now, then why was it during Saka Nankana Sahib centenary?’ asks Bibi Jagir Kaur Reacting to the approval given by the Government of India to the Sikh jatha going to Pakistan on the occasion of Khalsa Sajna Diwas, SGPC president Bibi Jagir Kaur said, “Every year four jathas visit the holy shrines of Pakistan as per routine and in such case, permission given by the Government of India is no different. The decision taken by the government now of giving permission to the jatha going for Khalsa Sajna Diwas (Baisakhi), raises question on the government’s earlier decision when a special jatha going to mark Saka Nankana Sahib centenary in the month of February was denied permission by giving the reason of corona and security”, said Bibi Jagir Kaur. “It has made it clear that the Government of India had then deliberately banned the jatha. If there was no danger due to corona then why was the excuse of corona made at that time? The situation of corona at that time (in February) was less escalated as compared to the present”, questioned Bibi Jagir Kaur. SGPC president Bibi Jagir Kaur said, “The Sikh Jagat can never forget the jatha which was stopped by the Government of India on the occasion of 100th anniversary of Saka Nankana Sahib.” At the same time Bibi Jagir Kaur termed the negative attitude of the Government of India towards the corridor of Sri Kartarpur Sahib as against the Sikh sentiments. Bibi Jagir Kaur said, “Sri Kartarpur Sahib Corridor has also been closed in the name of corona. However, the sangat visiting this holy place will return in the evening. If there is no prohibition for corona elsewhere, then the corridor of Guru Ghar at Sri Kartarpur Sahib should also be opened. The Government of India should seriously consider this matter.”

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