Even as it is unable to get ‘sewa sambhal’ of various gurdwaras in the state, the newly-constituted Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (HSGMC) has now demanded 40% share in the property of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) in Chandigarh for its administrative purposes.
HSGMC president Jagdish Singh Jhinda told Hindustan Times on Tuesday that the issue would be discussed at the executive committee rescheduled for Thursday at gurdwara Neem Sahib in Kaithal. He said the meeting was cancelled on Tuesday due to death of a close relative of the committee’s senior vice-president Didar Singh Nalwi.
Jhinda said the SGPC had properties in Chandigarh and the Haryana committee had a natural right on the natural limited share at the SGPC’s suboffice at Sector 5 and Kalgidhar Niwas, Sector 27, which also houses a rest house.
He said the Chandigarh property would help the HSGMC members in holding meetings and other administrative works.
“We also demand one sarai in the Golden Temple complex, Amritsar, be given to the HSGMC to facilitate the devotees from Haryana. Sikh sangat on pilgrimage from the state often complain of non-availability of rooms to them in the shrine complex,” he said.
Defending the demand of 40% share, Jhinda said the SGPC should follow the Punjab Reorganisation Act, 1966, under which state properties were divided to help the newly-carved state of Haryana.
“The formation of HSGMC lies in the same act of state reorganisation and came into existence after bifurcation of the SGPC as per law.
When the Punjab and Haryana had divided public properties in 60:40 ratio for the political establishments, the same exercise should be now extended for the religious body, which is born out of the same legal provision,” he said.
As per the Haryana government, the HSGMC will have its headquarters at the historic Gurdwara Chhevin Patshahi, Kurukshetra, but as the SGPC is not ready to vacate the premises, the Haryana panel has decided to shift its base at Gurdwara Neem Sahib in Kaithal. The said shrine is being managed by a local management committee whose members are supporters of the HSGMC.