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SGPC justifies Rs 9 cr spent on Parkash Purb function

SGPC justifies Rs 9 cr spent on Parkash Purb function

GS Paul

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, November 25

The SGPC has issued a statement regarding funds spent over conducting the 550th Parkash Purb programme at Sultanpur Lodhi.

Former Congress leader Mandeep Singh Manna had alleged gross misappropriation in the purchase of desi ghee at Golden Temple kitchen and while holding Parkash Purb event at Sultanpur Lodhi.

Local MP Gurjeet Aujla too joined Manna in questioning the SGPC over the matter. “As an MP, I will write to the SGPC president to come out clean over these allegations. The issues raised by Manna are directly related to the sentiments of the devotees who offer ‘daswand’ (10th part of their earnings) while paying obeisance at gurdwaras. Instead of threatening to initiate legal action, the SGPC should clarify its stance,” he said.

Following the allegations by Manna, SGPC president Gobind Singh Longowal had said they would initiate legal proceedings against him.

SGPC chief secretary Roop Singh said the details of expenditure and income of all gurdwaras and institutions are published in a monthly journal. A panel had finalised the firm that made arrangements at Sultanpur Lodhi, which cost around Rs 9 crore. The GST was paid extra, he said.

Giving the breakup, he said Rs 3.39 crore was spent on erecting the stage and its decoration, shoe houses, baggage rooms, washrooms and VIP lounges etc. Another Rs 1.65 crore was spent on light and sound show; Rs 1.58 crore light arrangement from Gurdwara Ber Sahib to Guru Nanak Stadium, the venue where the main stage was set up; Rs 1.75 crore for drone show (flying light); Rs 35 lakh on illuminating gurdwara; Rs 24.80 lakh for lighting Bebe Nanki building and video projection mapping.

Aujla said the government had offered a common stage at Sultanpur Lodhi, but the SGPC spent crores of rupees for holding a separate programme just to please their political bosses.

Earlier, Golden Temple manager Jaswinder Singh Deenpur admitted that the consignment of desi ghee received on November 2 was short of 40 kg out of 600 tins. “Every item of langar is weighed at the kitchen and the payment is made accordingly,” he said.

Manna said he was ready to face any legal action. “Just giving break-up of expenditure does not justify the spending. I urge the SGPC to provide papers pertaining to desi ghee purchase and Sultanpur Lodhi expenditure,” he said.

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