Amritsar: As a result of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee’s campaign ‘one village, one gurdwara’ residents of Dhurkot village in Faridkot district, merged two gurdwaras into one.
SGPC chief Gobind Singh Longowal today announced to extend monetary help and support to the gurdwara committee for its smooth functioning.
Supreme Sikh Institution Akal Takht has already endorsed the SGPC’s campaign to encourage the existence of a single centralised gurdwara in each village of Punjab with a view to eradicate the divide among the Sikh community due to community based gurdwaras.
The vacant gurdwara buildings could be utilised to establish religious study centres, libraries, ‘gurmat’, ‘path’ and gurbani learning centres. The SGPC will keep special budgetary provision for the purpose.
Expressing concern over the rising count of caste-based gurdwaras in villages, Longowal said, “The residents of Dhurkot have set an example for the others to follow.We have been receiving reports of similar moves being taken in villages located near Jagraon and Kotkapura,” he said.
The SGPC has recently conducted a special programme to honour the panchayat of Chakkar village in Jagraon district having a population of 15,000 where only one historic gurdwara existed.
There are 12,900 villages in Punjab. Barring a few, most villages have 4-5 gurdwaras based on caste and sect, read a note in The Tribune.
SGPC’s additional secretary Diljit Singh Bedi said that under the ‘Dharam Parchar Lehar’ in every nook and corner of Punjab, a survey is under way to know about the status of gurdwaras, their conditions and management.