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    Sri Akal Takht Sahib Jathedar flays Maharashtra’s amendment to Takht Sri Hazur Sahib Board Act | ActionPunjab

    Takht Sri Hazur Sahib Board Act: In a significant development, Giani Raghbir Singh, Jathedar of Sri Akal Takht Sahib, has strongly criticised the Maharashtra Government for unilaterally amending the Act governing the management board of Takht Sachkhand Sri Hazur Abchalnagar Sahib, Nanded. The amendment includes a reduction in the number of members nominated by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), which has been denounced as direct interference in Sikh religious affairs.

    In an official statement from Sri Akal Takht Sahib, Giani Raghbir Singh emphasised the Sikh community’s refusal to tolerate government intrusion into the sacred arrangements of their holy shrines. He has instructed the SGPC to engage in discussions with the Maharashtra Government and demand the reversal of the decision, perceived as detrimental to the Sikh community.

    Expressing deep concern, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee president Advocate Harjinder Singh Dhami decried the government’s action to reduce the representation of Sikh organisations in the Takht Sri Hazur Sahib Nanded Gurdwara Board. He deemed the move regrettable and condemnable.

    Advocate Dhami has written a letter to Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, strongly objecting to the arbitrary amendment to the Takht Sri Hazur Sahib Parbandhak Board Act by the Maharashtra Government’s Cabinet. He highlighted that the purpose of including members of Sikh organisations in the Nanded Gurdwara Board is to ensure transparent and religious functioning, respecting the sanctity of Takht Sahib and Sikh Gurdwaras. Any alteration in the Act, he warned, would deeply offend this sentiment.

    He expressed dismay over the Maharashtra Government’s decision to increase government-nominated members in the Gurdwara Board while reducing the representation of Sikh organisations. Advocate Dhami insisted that such an act of direct intervention in Sikh Gurdwaras cannot be tolerated, especially without prior consultation with representative Sikh organisations.

    Advocate Dhami urged Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde to halt any actions that increase government influence in managing Sikh Gurdwaras and to cease violations of the 1956 Act related to the Shri Hazur Sahib Gurdwara Board. He stressed the need to ensure the continued participation of representatives of Sikh organisations in the Nanded Gurdwara Board.

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