Amritsar: Sharomani Gurdwra Parbandhak Committee has turned down the demand of former president Kirpal Singh Badungar to hold a judicial probe into the termination of 523 employees recruited during his term, saying it would lead to undue interference of outsiders in the working of the Sikh body.
SGPC chief Gobind Singh Longowal said it was not an individual’s decision to lay off the staff, but a joint decision of the executive body.
“The executive body probed these controversial recruitments only to find that norms were overlooked. The matter was investigated by a sub-committee heading by senior vice-president Raghujit Singh. This report was presented in the executive body meeting. After discussing the matter, it was unanimously decided to terminate the services of 523 employees,” said Longowal.
Former SGPC president Kirpal Singh Badungar on Tuesday expressed anguish over the sacking of 523 employees by the Sikh body.
Badungar claimed that all recruitments were made under the Punjab Sikh Gurdwaras Act, 1925, according to which, the SGPC president can appoint staff on contractual basis at Rs 3,000 per month. This amount was raised to Rs 10,000 in 2014.
“It is nowhere mentioned in the Act that the relatives of SGPC members or employees cannot be recruited. On November 12, 2002, the general house of the SGPC had cleared that the relatives of members or employees can be employed in SGPC gurdwaras and educational institutions,” he said.
He alleged that previously several direct recruitments were made on higher posts, but no one questioned those. “On the other hand, all these employees were selected on merit and include many widows who are solely dependent on their job.
There are no violations in these recruitments. We had followed all norms,” he added.