The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) and Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) will give Rs. 50,000 and Rs. 10,000 each, respectively, as financial assistance to 40 Punjabi families whose loved ones are trapped in the militant-seized parts of Iraq in the Middle East.
State revenue and public relations minister Bikram Singh Majithia had taken up the cases with the two Sikh organisations. His media adviser, Sarchand Singh, issued a statement here on Monday that SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar and his DSGMC counterpart Manjit Singh GK had assured the minister that help would reach the families.
The DSGMC claims to have set aside Rs. 4 lakh already for the families. "The SGPC will begin distributing the money from Tuesday, from what it has conveyed to Majithia's political adviser, Talbir Singh Gill, and member Bhagwan Singh Sialka," said Sarchand Singh.
The amount will first reach the 25 families who have contacted the state government for help. The remaining families will get the assistance after identification. "The amount is small but we hope that it will provide the families with some relief, as they have been shuttling between their home and Delhi since the news from Iraq reached them," said Majithia's media adviser, adding: "The state and the central governments are doing their best to help them combat stress and bring home their stranded relatives."