The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) on Friday decided not to give receipts to donors offering demonetised currency notes in the shrines under its control.
The instructions sent by committee president Kirpal Singh Badungar would become effective from midnight.
Devotees visiting gurdwaras give donations for getting krah prasad for which a receipt is given or put money in golaks (chests), for which no receipt is given.
Donations come in lakhs every day in form of currency notes in SGPC-run gurdwaras, particularly Darbar Sahib (Golden Temple) in Amritsar. Employees of Amritsar-based branches of various banks visit the Golden Temple every day to collect cash.
Also, apprehending that its lower-rung staff dealing with donations might exchange the notes of `500 and `1,000 denomination with low-value notes, the SGPC issued strict instructions to its employees not to change the currency.
Meanwhile, the donors could continue to put donations in the form of demonitised currency notes in gurdwara chests till December 31.
“The instructions are clear from our side. In case we offer a receipt, it means we are recognising the currency demonetised by the Reserve Bank of India,” said SGPC chief secretary Harcharan Singh, who worked on top positions in Punjab and Sindh bank.