DGPC lambasts self-styled leaders defaming elected body

DGPC members addressing joint press conference in Jammu on Saturday. -Excelsior/Rakesh
DGPC members addressing joint press conference in Jammu on Saturday. -Excelsior/Rakesh

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Sept 24: District Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee Jammu president, Ranjeet Singh Tohra, today briefed the media persons about the achievements and working of the new DGPC after assuming the charge of the management of Gurudwaras of Jammu District under committee’s control.
The main achievements of DGPC Jammu during the short span of three months, highlighted by vice president Balvinder Singh and Surjit Singh are increments made in the salary of DGPC employees of Gurudwaras including Ragi’s, Granthi’s and Sewadars, formation of Committee under the president ship of Tejinder Singh DGPC member from Simble Camp, for implementation and follow up of Punjabi Language in Educational Institutions and recently DGPC held number of meetings with Jammu University and different colleges of Jammu on the said issue and got success in getting 40 seats for Punjabi language in every college.
They pointed out that the DGPC Jammu has met the appropriate authorities of JKUT for finding solutions of the long pending demands of Sikhs. The issues pertaining to Sikh community have been taken up by various organization since last about ten years and in one of the meeting of Sikh Progressive Front last year with LG Manoj Sinha it was assured by the LG for considering of at least four demands which includes- Inclusion of Punjabi Language in the JKUT Official Language Bill 2020, installation of the statue of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur at Kunjwani Chowk, implementation of National Minority Commission Act and Implementation of Anand Marriage Act in JKUT. These issues are already in consideration of LG for implementation. DGPC Jammu along with DGPC Reasi also took up the matter for removal of illegal possession over building at Ram Gali Reasi, since 1984 with Deputy Commissioner Reasi.
It has now been observed that some elements from the community are creating the impression of being the only representatives of the Sikh Community in JKUT. There has been no role of such persons in the past towards the problems of the Sikh community, they added. By ignoring the mandate given by the Sikh Sangat to the elected members of the DGPC’s some persons are bent upon to devalue the position and constitutional validity of the elected bodies.
The Sikh community is requested to beware of such people and support the elected bodies to fight for the rights and privilege of the community as well as solution of long pending demands.
DGPC Jammu members made an appeal to the Lt Governor to have direct Interaction with the elected members and take them into confidence for any amicable solution.