SGPC earmarks Rs 665 cr annual budget for 2012-2013

SGPC president says the executive members' name,approved by SC,has passed the annual budget.

Written by Agencies | Amritsar | Published: April 4, 2012 9:58:00 am

Shriomani Gurdwara Pharbandhak Committee earmarked Rs 665 crore for financial year 2012-13.

This is the first time that SGPC budget has been passed after March 31.

SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar told reporters that the executive members’ name,which were approved by the Supreme Court,has passed the annual budget but expenditure will be made from the partial budget for four months as the apex court has allowed it to use funds only for most important routine expenditures.

Makkar said SGPC was facing crisis and was unable to run the affairs as it has 111 schools,colleges,hospitals,one university and 78 Gurdwaras in Punjab,Haryana,Himachal and Chandigarh.

The new SGPC house,constituted after the September 2011 polls,is in the middle of a legal battle after the Punjab and Haryana High Court had quashed central notification to restore the voting rights of Sehajdhari Sikhs in an order on December

20,2011.

The court had earlier said the SGPC poll was subject to the final outcome of the verdict on Sehajdhari Sikh issue.

After the final verdict in December 2011,a question mark arose over the new SGPC house,notification for which was issued by the Centre on December 17,2011.

SGPC moved the Supreme Court challenging the Punjab and Haryana High Court verdict. With the case pending in court,the Ministry of Home Affairs has not issued notification for the new SGPC house to elect its office bearers – a must for passing the budget.

The SGPC had made a separate appeal to the SC,underlining the need to have an executive committee to pass the budget and run day-to-day affairs.

On March 30,the SC directed that the SGPC executive committee to continue its duties in terms of Sikh Gurdwara Act-1925 until further orders. The next date of hearing is on July 26.

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