AMRITSAR SAHIB—Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) has urged Sri Akal Takht Sahib to allow them to be permitted to print sacred Birs of Sri Guru Granth Sahib outside India. DSGMC president Manjit Singh GK who has just visited Canada and UK, wrote a letter to Akal Takht Sahib in this regard.
In a press release issued here, Manjit Singh GK said that he has just visited Canada and London where he examined the land claimed to be donated for installing the printing machines for Guru Granth Sahib. He said Gurdwara body was taking initiative of establishing the printing press. He said, in the letter, he has made Akal Takht Sahib Jathedar aware of the whole situation and after getting his permission, next step would be taken.
He said SGPC was making efforts to install printing machine for this purpose and DSGMC would try to do so in Canada and UK. He explained that Sikhs are residing in many countries in sizeable number and there is big demand of holy Saroops of Guru Granth Sahib, but lacking adequate arrangements, maintaining respect of Guru Sahib proves difficult. In view of this, there is dire need of installing printing facilities in foreign countries.
It is notable that Sri Akal Takht Sahib had given all rights of printing of Sri Guru Granth Sahib to SGPC in 1998 and forbidden private publishers to print Birs. So far SGPC has been sending the holy Saroops by air or by Ships which was objected by some sections of Sikhs in respect to Maryada. So, that has raised demand of installing printing facilities for Guru Granth Sahib in foreign countries.