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High priests would now need SGPC permission for religious visits

TIMES NEWS NETWORK[ TUESDAY, OCTOBER 05, 2004 02:57:26 AM ]

AMRITSAR: The executive committee of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has restricted the movement of high priests, including Akal Takht jathedar , kirtani jathas , hazuri ragis and preachers.

Now, their visits within the country and abroad for religious purposes would be approved by SGPC. They also would not be allowed to accept direct invitations for attending religious functions. This was stated by SGPC chief Bibi Jagir Kaur while presiding over the first executive committee meeting on Monday.

She said the decision was taken keeping in mind the priests' demand at home. She appealed to the Sikh sangat of the country and abroad to send their invitations directly to SGPC. She said a particular hazuri ragi jatha or kirtani jatha would be allowed to leave abroad only once in two years adding that all the previous individual invitations have been cancelled .

The executive committee have also constituted a five-member subcommittee that would consult with senior advocates to contemplate over the promotions and transfers affected in the committee in the recent past.

She said the committee secretary Dalmegh Singh would hold a meeting with government officials in Delhi for the Galliara project on October 6. The SGPC's delegation, which was to visit Pakistan to take account of the attack on Gurdwara Nankana Sahib,would leave on September 7. Jagir Kaur said she was still not aware of entrustment of kar sewa to Akali Dal, Delhi.

Wtf?

I really don't know too much about the many institutions within Sikhi, but this just doesn't sound right to me...

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