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SGPC appeals to Golden Temple devotees to wear masks, but says won’t enforce rule

After a gathering with officers of the Amritsar administration with SGPC chief Bibi Jagir Kaur Friday, the SGPC issued an enchantment to devotees visiting the Golden Temple to comply with Covid acceptable behaviour by sporting masking and sustaining social distancing. The Sikh physique, nevertheless, made it clear that it’s going to restrict its efforts to “motivating people” and won’t drive anybody to wear masks contained in the sanctum sanctorum of the Golden Temple.

The enchantment from SGPC chief Bibi Jagir Kaur got here after her assembly with officers of the Amritsar administration, together with DC Gurpreet Singh Khaira, IGP Sukhchain Singh Gill, SDM Vikas Hira.

After the assembly, Bibi Jagir Kaur stated: “The sangat (pilgrims) paying obeisance at Sachkhand Sri Harmandar Sahib should follow the instructions given by the Health Department. The pilgrims should wear masks, use sanitisers, take care of cleanliness and keep a distance between them to prevent the spread of the disease,” stated Bibi Jagir Kaur.

SGPC president additionally requested district administration to pay particular consideration to the cleanliness of roads main to Sachkhand Sri Harmandar Sahib and its environment.

The assembly was additionally attended by SGPC member Bhai Ram Singh, extra secretary Sukhdev Singh Bhurakohna, deputy secretary Kulwinder Singh Ramdas, supervisor of Sri Darbar Sahib Gurinder Singh Mathrewal, superintendent Malkit Singh Beharwal amongst others. DC Gurpreet Singh Khaira, IGP Sukhchain Singh Gill have been honoured by SGPC president with a Siropao (gown of honour) and a mannequin of Sachkhand Sri Harmandar Sahib.

We will inspire devotees: SGPC

Despite SGPC’s enchantment, solely a handful devotees have been seen sporting masks or sustaining social distancing inside Golden Temple on Friday.

SGPC chief secretary Harjinder Singh Dhami stated, “We have been motivating devotees for last one week. We have installed banners at various places around Golden Temple to inform public about Covid-19 guidelines. We will motivate devotees to follow the instructions.”

He added, “We have asked our Sevadars on duty inside Golden Temple premises to motivate people to wear mask. We will not force mask wearing inside sanctum sanctorum of the Golden Temple.”

On why there is no such thing as a seen influence of SGPC’s enchantment inside Golden Temple, he stated, “I am a lawyer at Hoshiarpur and even lawyers here are not wearing mask. It is a phenomena that is difficult to understand. This behaviour is not limited to devotees only and people in general do not wear mask. But SGPC will motivate devotees.”

After the outbreak of Covid-19, SGPC had maintained it from day one which they’d to comply with all Covid-19 directions. Akal Takht Jathedar had additionally requested Sikhs to comply with Covid-19 directions. However, it had little influence.

In reality, SGPC member Kiranjot Kaur had introduced it in data of SGPC’s political in addition to bureaucratic management that devotees have been being made to take away their masks inside Golden Temple.

The Indian Express had additionally reported the allegations levelled by some devotees that they have been requested to take away masks inside Golden Temple.

SGPC to ship delegation to Maharashtra

A five-member delegation of the SGPC will meet the Maharashtra CM with regards to the motion being taken in opposition to the Sikh devotees after a conflict with the police at Takht Sachkhand Sri Hazur Sahib in Nanded in the course of the Hola Mahalla.

A conflict had erupted between some younger Sikh devotees and native police on the day of Holi.

SGPC president Bibi Jagir Kaur stated, “Hola Mahalla is an important tradition and day for the Sikh community which is celebrated every year with Khalsai Jaho-Jalal (awe-inspiring appreance). The incident took place at Nanded due to the resentment of the Sikh community over the non-approval to hold celebration by the administration.”

She stated that the police administration has registered case in opposition to about 300 Sikh devotees below extreme sections. “It is in this context that the youth are being arrested and subjected to inhumane torture. Children are also being tortured by the police to complete the count, which is highly reprehensible,” stated the Bibi Jagir Kaur.

Bibi Jagir Kaur alleged that the ”discrimination being perpetrated by the governments on the event of festivals of minority communities within the nation is making them really feel alienated.”

Bibi Jagir Kaur demanded that the Maharashtra authorities instantly cancel circumstances registered in opposition to the Sikh pilgrims and for the discharge of these arrested.

‘Resolution against RSS is in nation’s curiosity’

Following the passage of decision in opposition to the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) in the course of the latest funds session of the SGPC, BJP chief RP Singh had referred to as the transfer a ”proof of maximum irresponsibility and misunderstanding.’.

In a press assertion issued by the SGPC in response to that, extra secretary Sukhdev Singh Bhurakohna stated, “Being a Sikh, RP Singh should know that Sikh religion is the upholder of universal communion. Sikh religion considers all human beings to be the children of one Akal Purakh and embraces all by bridging the gap between high-low, caste, rich and poor in the country and society.”

Bhurakohna alleged that the Sikh historical past, ideas and doctrines of Sikhi have been being secretly tampered with by the RSS.

He added, “RP Singh should realise that today when the entire Sikh world is celebrating the 400th birth anniversary of Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib, on such occasion, the resolution passed by the SGPC against RSS is in the interest of the country and the constitution of India. The resolution is in favour of the unity and integrity of the country. Everyone in the country has the right to freedom of religion and to practice their religion.”

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