SGPC urges Centre to pass 'Anand Karaj Act'

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Amritsar, Dec 7 (UNI) The executive committee of Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee, in its maiden meeting held in the Golden Temple Complex here, today unanimously appealed to the union law minister to pass the 'Anand Karaj Act', the draft of which was sent to it by Parliamentary Committee of the Lok Sabha.

Terming this as ''the need of the hour'' and ''most beneficial'' for the Sikhs, the Committee said this act would help the community to get their marriages registered separately. The Sikh marriages were at present registered under Hindu Marriage Act.

The executive committee also decided to take ''ability'' as major factor in appointment and not to favour any blood relations of any employee while providing jobs in SGPC.

Replying to a question by mediapersons about the controversy raised by many outfits regarding the Bhinderanwale portrait installed in the museum, the SGPC chief jathedar Avtar Singh Makkar, who presided over the executive meeting, termed it ''as baseless issue raised by anti-Punjabi forces to disturb peace for their vested interests''.

He also informed that various projects were passed by the committee for the promotion of education and religious preaching.

He also welcomed the gesture shown by Australian government for allowing the Sikh students to wear their traditional 'Kakar' symbols 'kirpan' in schools.

Earlier, the meeting paid rich tributes to jathedar Kashmir Singh, who expired last month by reciting 'mool mantras.' UNI

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