Posted by: Singh Is King | Wednesday, April 8, 2009

SGPC passes budget in un-democratic style

Jagdish Singh Jhinda, president of the HGPC (Ad hoc), walks out of a meeting of the SGPC to pass the annual budget in Amritsar.
Jagdish Singh Jhinda, president of the HGPC (Ad hoc), walks out of a meeting of the SGPC to pass the annual budget in Amritsar.

Amritsar, Punjab: The general house of the SGPC today passed its Rs 449-crore annual budget even as Jagdish Singh Jhinda, president of the Haryana Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (Ad hoc), and Gurwinder Singh Shampura, an opposition member, walked out of the meeting. The attendance at the general house was thin.

The house proceedings started with condolence of the untimely death of Capt Kanwaljit Singh, who died in road accident yesterday.

The general house criticised the Congress and the CBI for giving clean chit to Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar, who were facing charges of engineering anti-Sikh riots in November, 1984. Another resolution passed at the house asked the Haryana government to introduce Punjabi as an elective subject in its schools from the new academic session.

The rift in the Haryana panel also came to the fore when no other SGPC member from Haryana followed Jhinda during the walkout. Another senior SGPC member from Haryana, Didar Singh Nalvi, however, presented a charter of demands, which were partially accepted by the general house.

Jhinda and Shampura raised objections to the way the supplementary budget was passed without any debate or discussion. They said on the one hand the SGPC was called a “Mini Parliament” of Sikhs, while on the other members were not allowed to raise voice of dissent voice against the “un-democratic way” of passing the annual budget. They alleged that the funds of the Dharm Parchar Committee (DPC) were diverted to educational institutes.

Out of the estimated Rs 26-crore budget of the DPC for 2009-10, Rs 19 crore would be sourced by encashing fixed deposits.

They also raised objections to the charges of Rs 3.50 lakh per month being given to a private concern for maintaining online accounts.

Since the SGPC was formed in 1925 through an Act passed by Parliament, it is also covered under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.

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