In his third letter in the past one year to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbhandak Committee (SGPC) president Avtar Singh Makkar has urged Badal for a 50 per cent exemption on the bill paid for power consumption by the apex elected body of Sikhs.
Having 532 ACs installed, SGPC’s total expenditure touches Rs 50 lakh per month.
Though Makkar has asked the Punjab CM to exempt power bills of community kitchens and inns around the Golden Temple, he has also demanded subsidised power for the SGPC offices and other establishments around the temple, where more than 100 ACs are installed.
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In a press note, Makkar informed that he wrote the first letter in this regard to the CM on November 10, 2015, on the day when the controversial event of Sarbat Khalsa was organised in Amritsar. He had said that the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited be directed to exempt it of 50 per cent of the power bill.
He again gave a reminder on March 22, 2016.
Having received no response to his earlier letters, he has again written to the CM. “Devotees have been visiting the Golden Temple in large numbers. SGPC arranges for the stay of devotees and huge power is consumed for this purpose. SGPC also serves langar in free kitchen and the number of visitors there crosses the one-lakh mark on some days. SGPC is dependent on the offerings of devotees to run this arrangement. It is becoming difficult for us to pay the huge bills. So I request you to ask PSPCL to give a 50 per cent exemption on the bills to us,” the letter reads. As per the information availed by The Indian Express, SGPC has installed 532 ACs in its establishments around Golden Temple and Golden Temple and Durgiana Temple have already been given some exemption by PSPCL.