The 91-year-old Sikh Gurdwaras Act will soon be amended to exclude Sehajdhari Sikhs from voting in elections to Sikh religious bodies.
A meeting of the Union cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Thursday considered the proposal of the home ministry for an amendment to the Sikh Gurdwaras Act, 1925, to remove the exception given to Sehajdhari Sikhs in 1944 to vote in the elections for selecting members of the board and the committees constituted under the Act.
Accordingly, the cabinet approved the proposal of the home ministry to amend the Sikh Gurdwaras Act, 1925, with effect from October 8, 2003, an official spokesperson said.
The amendment was also carried out by a home ministry notification on October 8, 2003, in exercise of the powers conferred by Parliament under Section 72 of the Punjab Re-organisation Act, 1966. However, the notification was quashed by the Punjab and Haryana high court on December 20, 2011, leaving it to the appropriate and competent legislature to decide whether or not to amend the Act to that effect.