Free Gurbani Telecast Row That Has Sparked Big Row In Punjab

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SGPC is alleging that the federal government is interfering in spiritual issues.

New Delhi:

Punjab’s Bhagwant Mann-led authorities right this moment stated the published of Gurbani from Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple) in Amritsar must be free for all, for which it plans on including a brand new part within the Sikh Gurdwara Act, 1925, after presenting a proposal within the state meeting.

Harmandir Sahib has been, since 1998, broadcasting Gurbani within the morning and night.

Broadcast rights of Gurbani have been with the PTC community, owned by the politically highly effective Badal household, since 2007. The community pays the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee — which administers the Harmandir Sahib — Rs 2 crore yearly for this.

Politically, it’s prone to dilute the Panthic aura of the opposition Shiromani Akali Dal, which is dominated by the Badals.

PTC Community says it covers all of the gatherings and packages of SGPC throughout the nation and reveals them all around the world by means of its channel. It additionally airs a separate program on SGPC’s occasions each week.

PTC Community claims that in whole it spends Rs 10 to 12 crore on protection and telecasts.

SGPC and the PTC Community’s contract for telecast of Gurbani expires in July 2023.

Nevertheless, the Aam Aadmi Occasion-led Punjab authorities has stated broadcast rights should not be given based mostly on a young course of, and any channel that desires to broadcast Gurbani must be free to take action.

SGPC, nonetheless, is alleging that the federal government is interfering in spiritual issues.

The Opposition has argued that the Sikh Gurdwara Act, 1925 is a central authorities Act which might’t be ammended by the state.

The Congress, fundamental Opposition social gathering in Punjab, appears divided on the problem. Whereas social gathering chief Navjot Singh Sidhu is praising the transfer by the state authorities, the social gathering’s influential chief and MLA from Punjab, Sukhpal Singh Khaira, is questioning Bhagwant Mann.

 Chief Minister Mann, who contends that Gurbani is everybody’s proper and it must be freed from price, made the announcement in a tweet.

“With the blessings of God, we’re going to make a historic determination tomorrow, as per the demand of all devotes, we’re including a brand new clause within the Sikh Gurdwara Act 1925 that the transmission of Gurbani from Harminder Sahib shall be free for all… no tender required… tomorrow within the cupboard… on June 20, a vote shall be taken within the state meeting,” his tweet learn.

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