Interests of Sikhs in Haryana will be safeguarded: Hooda

Hooda assured that Sikh`s interests would be fully safeguarded and appealed them to co-operate with the state govt in maintaining law and order.

Updated: Sep 25, 2010, 18:58 PM IST

Chandigarh: Amid demand from Sikhs for a separate SGPC in the state, Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Saturday assured that their interests would be fully
safeguarded and appealed them to co-operate with the state government in maintaining the law and order.

"As far as the issue of constituting a separate Gurdwara Prabandak Committee for Gurdwaras in Haryana is concerned, the Government has already received the report of Chatha Committee (set up to look into the issue) and is examining the legal aspects," the chief minister said in a statement.
The Committee was formed during the previous tenure of the Congress government in the state amid demands from Sikhs for a separate SGPC in Haryana. The Sikhs have been alleging that the Amritsar-based SGPC was ignoring the shrines in the state though a considerable amount of funds were collected from them.

The members of the Sikh community had recently protested at Kurukshetra and some other places by forcibly trying to take control of the SGPC-run Gurdwaras in the state.

PTI