CHANDIGARH, Punjab—Taking an important decision, the SGPC passed a resolution to construct a committee to preserve historical saroops of Guru Granth Sahib ji. At its executive meeting held yesterday, President Avtar Makkar told the press that at least three of the saroops of Guru Granth Sahib Ji would be preserved. This task will be handled by the supervisory committee with the help of various conservation experts.
One of the saroops dates back to 1921 and was injured during Saka Nankana Sahib, while the second was injured in 1984 during the attack on Darbar Sahib, Operation Bluestar. The later saroop includes bullet bore marks. Another saroop at Gurdwara Har Ki Pauri that is said to have been injured the same year during the Sikh Genocide would also be preserved.
Makkar also shared proposed plans to seek help from experts in digitizing the saroops for posterity.
Relief Fund for Uttrakhand Victims and KS Pannu Updates
During the same meeting, Makkar also stated that an SGPC panel had finished probing the incident involving IAS Kahan Singh Pannu in Uttrakhand. The report by SGPC has been submitted to the Akal Takht Sahib to decide the next steps. KS Pannu was thrashed in UT by pilgrims for making derogatory statements.
SGPC also announced a budget of Rs. 1 crore to help the victims of the Uttrakhand natural disaster. A five member committee has been formed which will hear appeals from victims and allocate financial assistance on a case by case basis.
SGPC will also provide assistance in the rebuilding of Gurdwara Gobind Ghat which suffered damaged during the flooding. The SGPC has already played a key role in providing assistance in Uttrakhand by sending relief materials and food from various Gurdwaras.