SGPC to compensate 1984 riots defence personnel

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Fatehgarh Sahib, May 23 (UNI) The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has decided to give financial assistance of Rs one lakh each to families of the army officers and jawans killed during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

The decision in this regard was taken at the SGPC executive meeting held at Gurdwara Sri Fatehgarh Sahib here today.

The meeting was chaired by SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar.

Later, briefing mediapersons, Jathedar Makkar said Col Partap Inder Singh Phoolka (Retd) secretary general of the ex servicemen wing of Shiromani Akal Dal (SAD) had recently raised the compensation issues to defence personnel, who were killed during the riots. A majority of such deaths occured in trains or in buses and the victims were defence personnel who were either returning to their units or proceeding on leave.

He said a committee had been constituted to verify the claims before disbursing the compensation amount. Besides SGPC members, Col Phoolka would also be a member of the committee.

Jathedar Makkar said that during the meeting it was decided to appoint a Media Director and Director, Sikh History and Research Board who will look after the work of Sikh Reference Library at the golden Temple. Dr Anurag Singh, presently a Manager with the Punjab and Sind Bank, will for the time being be the officiating director of the Research Board.

Jathedar Makkar said during the meeting, approval of Rs 3 lakh was given for setting up a digital system for the Sikh History Research Board. A sub committee comprising former SGPC president Kirpal Singh Badungar, Sukhdev Singh Bhaur, Anuraj Singh had been constituted for this purpose so that all rare manuscripts could be saved.

He said as per the plans of union government and the state government, water treatment plants will be set up at Takht Sri Keshgarh Sahib, Anandpur Sahib and Takht Sri Damdama Sahib, Talwandi Sabo and the SGPC will provide land on contract for this. SGPC will initiate steps as per rules to free its properties from encroachers, he added.

Jathedar Makkar said service record of employees of SGPC will be computerised.


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