The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) on Tuesday appealed to the Sikhs in Delhi and neighbouring areas not to burst crackers on Gurpurab, the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, on November 14.
This, despite Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung recently exempting religious functions from the ban on bursting firecrackers.
DSGMC members made the appeal wearing pollution masks.
DSGMC president Manjit Singh G K and general secretary Manjinder Singh Sirsa said the committee will also launch a big campaign to save the environment.
Manjit said DSGMC will create awareness against crackers during its ‘nagar kirtan’.
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“The campaign will be dedicated to the seventh Guru — Guru Har Rai Sahib Ji — who gave the message of preserving the environment. As many as 50,000 school children will take part in the awareness procession with placards and posters. They will request residents of Delhi to take steps to save the environment,” said Manjit.
He added, “Let us celebrate Guru Sahib’s Purab by lighting lamps, helping the poor, showing compassion towards the needy, following the teachings of the ten Gurus and Guru Granth Sahib.”
The DSGMC also said it plans to provide pollution masks to those in need from two major gurdwaras in the capital — Bangla Sahib near Connaught Place and Sisganj in Chandni Chowk.