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Haryana Governor gave assent to Sikh Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee Bill 2014

Jul 15, 2014 13:13 IST

Haryana Governor Jagannath Pahadia on 14 July 2014 gave his assent to Haryana Sikh Gurudwaras (Management) Bill, 2014. With this, the Haryana Sikh Gurdwaras (Management) Bill, 2014, will be notified as an Act.

The Act cleared the decks for the state government for creation of a separate committee for managing the Sikh Gurdwaras in the state.

The Bill was passed on 11 July 2014 by the Haryana Legislative Assembly. The Bill stripped the powers of Amritsar-based Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), an apex Sikh body, to control and manage 11 historical Sikh shrines and their assets worth crore across Haryana.

Earlier, the Chief Minister of Haryana Bhupinder Singh Hooda had said that a separate committee will be set up in the state under the new law for management of Sikh religious places and their properties in the state.

About the Management Committee

• The management committee will comprise 40 members, who will be elected for a five-year term by Sikh voters in Haryana
• The Committee’s head office will be at Kurukshetra with regional offices at Panchkula and Jind

Till the formation of the Haryana Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (HSGPC), the state’s Gurudwaras’ will be managed by an ad hoc committee.

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