Sikh bodies demand fresh DGPC elections, audit of all committees

Member DGPC Jammu, Avtar Singh Khalsa addressing press conference in Jammu on Monday. —Excelsior/ Rakesh
Member DGPC Jammu, Avtar Singh Khalsa addressing press conference in Jammu on Monday. —Excelsior/ Rakesh

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, July 6: Various Sikh Bodies including, Sikh Welfare Front J&K, All India Sikh Students Federation J&K and Sikh Youths Front have demanded fresh elections of District Gurdwara Parbandhak Committees in J&K after the expiry of 5 years term of existing district committees in July 2020. Click here to watch video
Chairman Sikh Welfare Front and Member DGPC Jammu, Avtar Singh Khalsa while addressing a joint press conference along with senior Sikh leaders of these organizations at Jammu today said that after the expiry of existing term of DGPCs the J&K UT Administration should either conduct fresh elections for District Gurdwara Parbandhak Committees or the existing committees should be given extension till fresh elections are held.
He said certain opportunistic elements are misguiding the concerned administration for installing their own puppets from back door, without the consent of Sikh community in J&K and said any such undemocratic step will further increase the resentment and alienation among the Sikh community which has been recently totally neglected in the selection of Public Service Commission (PSC) member.
In another important declaration Sikh bodies have demanded immediate audit of all District Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee for the sake of accountability and transparency. Khalsa disclosed that when he was general secretary of DGPC Jammu for 2 years he had many a times written to concerned administration for conducting audit of DGPCs but till date no such audit has been initiated by the concerned authorities.
They further suggested for amendments in J&K Gurdwara Act 1973, for the sake of clarity transparency in the functioning of Gurdwara Board and DGPCs. They said many times earlier also such suggestions were given but no action was taken.
Manmohan Singh Khalsa Member DGPC Jammu, Darbinder Singh Member DGPC Jammu, Balwant Singh, Harmanan Singh, Manjeet Singh, RP Singh, Manmohan Singh, Khushdeep Singh and Sanmukh Singh also accompanied Khalsa.