Haryana government on July 1 passed a bill in the state assembly to create an independent committee to monitor Sikh temples or gurdwaras in the state. The Haryana Sikh Gurdwaras (Management) Bill, 2014, got the consent of Haryana governor on Monday.

Jagdish Singh Jhinda, President, HSGPC said “Haryana based Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee has been established. As a religious committee, it was our duty to seek blessings at the Golden Temple in the city of Guru Ram Das.”

Jhinda added that the committee would request Parkash Singh Badal and other concerned leaders to hand over authority to the new body and withdraw task force from the Sikh temples in Haryana.

 “We will call a meeting of our executives to send notices to our elder brothers, Badal, Makkar and other members, who are forcefully sitting on our seats, to request them to call back their ministers and legislators who have been serving in Haryana temples. Now the Haryana SGPC has been legally established,” he said.

72 Gurdwaras in Haryana are under SGPC, which is the apex religious body of Sikhs throughout the world. They contribute over rupees 300 million to the Committee.

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