Seechewal calls for saving enviornment

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Chandigarh, Nov 22 (UNI) Internationally renowned environmentalist, Sant Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal today said that by following the Sri Guru Granth Sahib and adhering to the tenets outlined therein, the sanctity of the enviornment could be ensured.

He was addressing the Annual Panth Rattan Jathedar Gurcharan Singh Tohra Memorial Awards Function organised by the Sikh Educational Society here today.

Sant Seechewal said that the crystal clear injunctions of the Holy Granth stipulate that if we have faith in the nature created by the Almighty, then we are duty bound to ensure the sanctity of water, air and the earth. He chided the violators of environment who had the habit of looking the other way when fish and the marine life was dying and forests were being decimated in the name of development.

He also made references to air pollution and shriking of glaciers and said that no concrete laws or policies were being framed to check this. He also refered to the depleting groundwater table in Punjab and failure of the government to check this.

Punjab Tourism Minister Hira Singh Gabria highlighted the uniqueness of Sri Guru Granth Sahib. He paid rich tributes to Panth Rattan Jathedar Gurcharan Singh Tohra.

The Sikh Educational Society conferred cash awards of Rs 51000 each, a citation and robe of honor upon Dr Gurbakhash Singh of USA and ProfHarinder Singh Mehboob, a renowned poet and thinker for their contribution towards Sikh religion and culture.

Col (retd) J S Bala, Secretary, SES welcomed the esteemed scholars and guests on the occasion.

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