Chandigarh, December 18
After receiving complaints about bids to misuse ‘golak’ money in some gurdwaras, the SGPC has decided to take strict action against the managements of the shrines where CCTV cameras are not functional. SGPC chief Gobind Singh Longowal on Tuesday pulled up the managers of gurdwaras during a meeting at Nankana Sahib Gurdwara near Sangrur.
Longowal directed 80 managers of various gurdwaras to count the ‘golak’ money under CCTV surveillance to ensure transparency. He confirmed that at some places, some employees were found trying to misuse the ‘golak’ money. “The managers have been directed to ensure that all CCTV cameras are working properly. Some employees found embezzling the donations have been suspended. The counting of ‘golak’ money must be done under CCTV surveillance and anyone found violating the order will face strict action,” Longowal said after the meeting. “Moreover, our employees should behave properly with all devotees and it’s the responsibility of managers to take quick action against the staff, if they receive any complaint about rude behavior by them,” he added.
During the meeting, Longowal also stressed the need to intensify their “One village one gurdwara” campaign to control the mushrooming of religious places in villages on caste lines. “We need to intensify our propagation to spread awareness about the Sikh religion. I have directed the managers to take quick action if any employee is found using drugs or involved in corruption. We want to bring overall improvement in the entire system,” the SGPC chief added.