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Maharashtra nod to reducing SGPC strength in Takht Hazur Sahib board

PTI  Mumbai , August 22, 2014
First Published: 21:58 IST(22/8/2014) | Last Updated: 22:02 IST(22/8/2014)

The representation of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) in the Takht Hazur Sahib Board at Nanded (Maharashtra) will be reduced, with the state cabinet approving the report of the Bhatia committee.

The Bhatia committee, headed by former high court judge justice JS Bhatia (retd), has recommended increasing the representation of local Sikhs in the board.

The committee had been constituted by the state to recommend amendments in the Takht Sri Hazur Abchalnagar Sahib Board Nanded Act, 1956.

The Maharashtra cabinet decision on Thursday night paves the way for the formation of a new gurdwara board to manage affairs of the Takht at Nanded.

Accordingly, there will now be 21 members in the board instead of 17 earlier. Also, instead of the earlier four SGPC-nominated members, now there will be only one, an official said after the cabinet meeting.

Of the 21 members, 18 will be elected, of which nine will be from Nanded district. Two will be nominated by Maharashtra government and one by the SGPC.

The Nanded district collector will be on the board. All members, except the collector, will be Sikhs.

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