Amritsar: Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee to Establish Rules for Giving Syrups | Amritsar News

AMRITSAR: The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) will establish guidelines for awarding syrupas (robe of honor) and the highest representative body of Sikhs has also decided to continue giving annual scholarships to Amritdhari students (initiated Sikhs ) educational establishments managed by the SGPC.
The decisions were made here on Saturday at the SGPC Executive Committee (EC) members’ meeting.
Speaking to the media later, SGPC Chairman Harjinder Singh Dhami, “In future, rules will be established for giving syrupas inside the sanctum sanctorum of Gurdwaras, VIP dignitaries like government officials or Eminent personalities reaching the Guru’s house will be honored at relevant information centers or managers’ rooms and offered refreshments according to the Guru’s house maryadas,” adding that excessive granting of syrupaa will be avoided.
Stating that the EC had decided to maintain the annual scholarships to Amritdhari (Sikh initiates) students from educational institutions run by the SGPC, Dhami said that the EC had also given its approval to pay tuition fees for Sikligar Sikh children in states including Chhattisgarh, Andhra. Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.
“Last year, we gave about Rs 63 lakh to Sikh students in Amritdhari as scholarships. The SGPC awards scholarships of Rs 3,500 for students in classes VI to X, Rs 5,000 for classes XI to XII, Rs 8,000 for graduation level and Rs 10,000 for post-graduation level students “, did he declare.
During the meeting, EC members also paid tribute to two Pakistani Sikh shopkeepers Kuljeet Singh and Ranjeet Singh who were recently shot dead near Peshawar in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan on May 15, 2022. The EC also requested in Pakistan to ensure the safety of the minority Sikh community.
Expressing concern over the law and order situation in Punjab, the SGPC Chairman alleged that due to the deplorable security situation, there was panic among the common people and felt that the government should take adequate measures to ensure the safety of persons.
Reacting to the security of the Jathedar of Akal Tkaht, he said, “The SGPC is capable of providing security to Giani Harpreet Singh Jathedar of Akal Takht, the highest temporal authority of the Sikhs, Giani Raghbir Singh, Jathedar of Takht Kesgarh Sahib and other high priests and after the government withdrew their security, the SGPC delegated its armed security personnel for their security. “The panthic tradition is to deploy armed Amritdhari Sikhs in safety with Jathedar Sahib and I believe that coming maryadas has been restored in the form of security of high priests,” he said. Eom

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