The Fact News Service
Amritsar, September 5
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has decided to establish its press in the United States of America (USA) and publish the holy saroops (scriptures) of Sri Guru Granth Sahib.
This press will be established in Tracy city of California, where the Dharam Prachar Kendra (religious preaching center) of the SGPC will also be functioning.
Moreover, a religious preaching center will also be set up in Yuba City in the USA. This decision has been taken in the SGPC’s executive committee (EC) meeting held today under the chairmanship of SGPC President Advocate Harjinder Singh Dhami at the Sikh body’s office in Amritsar.
Speaking to the media after the EC meeting, SGPC President Harjinder Singh Dhami said that the late Didar Singh Bains gave 14.5 acres of land to the SGPC at Yuba City, where activities will be started by building a Dharma Prachar Kendra.
Along with this, another center of SGPC will be established in Tracy city of California as per the offer made by non-resident Indian Sikh Gian Singh Sandhu of Canada and eminent businessman Karnail Singh Sandhu of USA.
A press will also be set up at this center in Tracy to publish holy saroops of Sri Guru Granth Sahib in order to provide them as per the demand from the community in USA and Canada. He said that Gurdwaras will also be established in these two centers and the Sangat will also get religious literature there.
He also informed that as per the demand of the Sangat in Australia, the SGPC will ship 220 holy saroops as per Maryada by the sea in a special bus. The SGPC President said that these decisions have been taken in view of the huge demand for holy saroops from the Sikh community across the globe.
Giving information about other decisions of the EC, the SGPC President said that Sri Guru Ramdas Library situated in the complex of Sri Darbar Sahib Sri Amritsar will be digitized and a separate website of this library will be prepared and the titles and indexes of important books will be published on it.
The purpose of this development is to familiarize the researchers with the literary treasures in this library so that they can use the books available here for their research work as per their needs. He said that this library was established in the year 1927 and at present it has a large number of important books.
Harjinder Singh Dhami said that the SGPC has also decided to launch a campaign to make Guru’s city Sri Amritsar clean and green. He said that the present Punjab government has failed to keep the city clean and green by neglecting the religious importance of Sri Amritsar. Because of this, the SGPC will work to make the passages leading to Sri Darbar Sahib and its surroundings beautiful and green. For this, the support of Baba Kashmir Singh Bhuri Wale and Padma Shri Baba Sewa Singh Khadur Sahib will be taken.
He also said that keeping in view of the Panthic contribution of former head granthi of Sachkhand Sri Harmandir Sahib Giani Jagtar Singh and Sikh historian Swaran Singh Chuslewarh, their portraits will be installed in the Central Sikh Museum.
Apart from this, Kunwar Amritbir Singh, a 21-year-old Sikh youth from Umranangal village in Gurdaspur district, will be honoured with an amount of Rs 51,000 for making a world record of doing 86 pushups on fingers in one minute and breaking the record of Bruce Lee.
As per the SGPC President, the book ‘Truth About Nabha’ will also be published after its Punjabi translation besides organising special congregation dedicated to the 100-year centenary of Nabha Day on September 9, 2023. He also informed that special attention will be given to the re-publishing of old important books, under which, a new edition of the book ‘Sachi Sakhi’ by Sirdar Kapur Sahib has been published and released. Along with this, the list of Punjabi books available in Sri Guru Ramdas Library has also been published.
The EC has also approved the 4% dearness allowance installments for the SGPC employees.
Present in the meeting included SGPC senior vice president Baldev Singh Qaimpur, junior vice president Avtar Singh Raya, general secretary Bhai Gurcharan Singh Grewal, EC members Mohan Singh Bangi, Jarnail Singh Kartarpur, Surjit Singh Tughalwal, Bawa Singh Gumanpura, Bibi Gurinder Kaur Bholuwala, Gurnam Singh Jassal, Paramjit Singh Khalsa, Sher Singh Mandwala, Baba Gurpreet Singh Randhawa and Malkit Singh Changal, secretary Partap Singh, OSD Satbir Singh Dhami, additional secretaries Sukhminder Singh, Kulwinder Singh Ramdas, Gurinder Singh Mathrewal, Simarjit Singh, assistant secretaries Gurdial Singh, Gurcharan Singh Kuhala, Shahbaz Singh, Paramjit Singh, Balwinder Singh, Gurnam Singh and others.