Bathinda: The Sharomani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) decided to construct a new building for the Sikh Reference Library. The SGPC executive committee on Friday gave nod for the construction of a new building.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the executive committee presided over by SGPC chief Gobind Singh Longowal at Takht Sri Damdama Sahib in Talwandi Sabo.
SGPC chief said the library had once again turned into a treasure trove of Sikh literature following the efforts of the SGPC.
He said the new building to house the Sikh Reference Library will be constructed at the current location of Bhai Gurdas Hall in Amritsar. Along with it, a ‘sarai’ to facilitate lodging of the pilgrims will also be constructed.
Talking about other decisions, he said the SGPC would give a reward of Rs 1 lakh each to “sabat soorat” Sikh youths (having unshorn hair) making it to competitive exams like IAS and IPS. Similarly, those getting selected in the PCS will be given Rs 75,000 each.
Addressing mediapersons, Longowal said the library was ruined during the Army Attack on Sri Darabr Sahib in 1984 and the Army “had taken away a lot of Sikh literature” from there.