The sacked SGPC employees today decided against renouncing Sikhism, but asserted that they would continue fighting for “justice”.The services of 15 employees of Gurdwara Gurusar Madoke Brar, Ajnala, were terminated on November 22 after their recruitment was found to be in alleged violation of norms.Subsequently, they had threatened to renounce religion and surrender their religious symbols at Akal Takht on November 27 if they were not reinstated. They decided otherwise following support from several quarters.“Dhadis” (balladeers) come out in their support today. Earlier, former SGPC general secretary Sukhdev Singh Bhaur had shown solidarity with their cause. They claimed to have support of Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh and former SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar.Dalbir Singh, a sacked employee, said, “There’s not a word in writing about our dismissal.”“On August 10, the SGPC took control of the Ajnala gudrwara from the local committee. Since then, we had not been paid salaries. During the Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh controversy, we were not even allowed to go home. We worked round the clock then,” he said.Other sacked employees Lakhwinder Singh and Malkiat Singh said it was being wrongly projected that they were employed in violation of norms.“We were recruited with the consent of a five-member gurdwara committee, which had later endorsed our recruitment with a resolution. We have certificates issued by Akal Takht to prove our claim,” they said.Baldev Singh MA, president, Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib Shiromani Dhadi Jatha, said members of the jatha unanimously decided to support the sacked employees. “If need be, we will move court against the SGPC. The local committee of Gurdwara Gurusar disbursed salaries till August 9. If the SGPC cannot afford salaries, the management of the gurdwara should be handed back to the local committee,” he said.Sukhbir to meet membersAkali Dal president Sukhbir Badal has called a meeting of SGPC members owing allegiance to the party on Tuesday, a day ahead of the elections to the Sikh body’s executive. Sources said Sukhbir would preside over the meeting at Teja Singh Samundri Hall, the SGPC headquarters from 4 pm onwards.
21 Oct 2018
22 Oct 2018