The newly-formed Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (HSGMC) has made its mind not to retain any Punjabi employee hired by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) in Haryana gurdwaras.
Ad hoc president of HSGMC Jagdish Singh Jhinda told Hindustan Times that Punjabi workers were the liability of the SGPC and the HSGMC had no commitment to retain them in jobs.
"The issue of whether or not to retain Haryana residents employed by the SGPC will be discussed in the executive committee meeting in Kaithal on Thursday. But one thing if final that Punjabi SGPC employees will not work under the Haryana committee," he said.
Jhinda said that the new committee had yet to get full authentic information about the recruits and once HSGMC got sewa of all gurdwaras from the SGPC, the exercise to repatriate the Punjabi employees would be started.
In its July 20 edition, Hindustan Times had reported that following ongoing row over the management control of the gurdwaras, a number of SGPC employees were apprehending job loss with change in the guard.
According to the SGPC, there are 539 employees working in various gurdwaras of Haryana and nearly 400 hail from Haryana. It claims that a number of Haryana residents were working in different positions in gurdwaras of Punjab and Chandigarh as well.
Several of the SGPC's Punjab employees including sewadars, granthis, raagis, accountants, managers etc are posted for more than a decade in Haryana and with the taking over the 'sewa sambhal' of gurdwaras, a large number of them may lose their jobs.
In an earlier interview with HT, the rebel elected SGPC member from Karnal Bhupinder Singh Assandh, now joint secretary of the HSGMC, had also echoed similar views and demanded immediate repatriation of all Punjabi SGPC employees from Haryana gurdwaras.
Sources in the HSGMC said that the new management would certainly try to adjust its own men in the gurdwaras.
Supporters of the HSGMC have been claiming that the SGPC had ignored the Haryanavi youths and only a handful of local people considered close to the Akali leaders were accommodated in the gurdwara jobs.