Ad-hoc HSGPC to manage Haryana Gurudwaras
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Haryana government, which paved the way for a separate Sikh body by passing a bill on Friday, has said that the Ad-hoc Committee will look after the affairs of the state’s Sikh shrines till the Haryana Sikh Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (HSGPC) are held.
A state government spokesperson said that till the elections are held after the enforcement of this Act, an Adhoc Committee comprising of 41 members would be nominated by the Government of Haryana to manage, supervise and take over all the assets of the Gurdwaras.
He said that the ad-hoc committee will also manage movable and immovable properties of every description and would continue to hold such chanrge to manage the affairs of Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee till the new committee is constituted, which should not be later than eighteen months including the period spent on delimitation of wards, registration of eligible voters.
“After the new elected Haryana Gurdwara Management Committee takes over the charge, the Adhoc committee would hand over the charge to the newly elected committee,” the spokesperson told North India Times.
Rules cannot be a HSGPC member ?
According to the act a person would not be qualified to be elected or co-opted as member of the Committee, if such person has not attained the age of twenty-five years, is not a citizen of India, in the case of an elected member, if he is not registered as a voter in the electoral roll in the concerned ward, is not an Amritdhari Sikh, is a Patit or being an Amritdhari Sikh, trims or shaves his beard or Keshas, takes alcoholic drinks or takes intoxicants or uses Kutha (Halal meat), is of unsound mind and has been so declared by a competent court or medical authority, is an undischarged insolvent, has been convicted of an offence involving moral turpitude or has been dismissed from service by Government, Board, Committee or any other local authority, on account of moral turpitude, is a paid servant of any Gurdwara and is unable to read or write Punjabi in Gurmukhi script.
Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission
A Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission of three members who shall be Sikhs as defined under this Act would also be constituted. The Commission would adjudicate upon the disputes relating to Gurdwara property, moveable or immoveable including the Gurdwara fund and other incidental disputes inter se between the Gurdwara Committee, Executive Board or inter se between various Gurdwara and private individuals, or any other institutions or any other juristic persons.