The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has issued a warning to the general public against using its name or that of the 'Darbar Sahib' (Golden temple) on privately-owned vehicles.
The warning comes after the body received objections and complaints that vehicles with the words 'Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee' or 'Darbar Sahib, Sri Amritsar Sahib' were moving around in Amritsar city and even in rural areas.
On investigation and checking, the complaints were found to have merit.
Taking note, SGPC secretary Roop Singh made it clear on Sunday that only vehicles belonging to the SGPC could use the name of the religious body. All such vehicles are registered in the name of the SGPC secretary.
Akin to this, only those vehicles which are registered under the name of the Golden Temple manager could use the words, 'Darbar Sahib, Sri Amritsar Sahib'. These include the vehicles that ply between the shrine and the railway station for the convenience of pilgrims and the lone luxury coach that is used for transport between the airport and the shrine.
"Even SGPC officials or employees cannot use the name of the religious body on their private vehicles. Only elected or co-opted members of the SGPC could use the name of the religious body on their private vehicles," the secretary clarified, adding that the matter of misuse of the SGPC name had been brought to the notice of the police and appropriate action was being taken.