IEP Chandigarh, October 19
Haryana Cabinet, which met under the chairmanship of Chief Minister, Sh. Manohar Lal here today has given the approval to bring an Ordinance titled The Haryana Sikh Gurdwaras (Management) Amendment Ordinance-2022.
The Haryana Sikh Gurdwaras (Management) Act, 2004 was enacted by the State of Haryana vide notification dated July 14, 2014 with the objective to provide better autonomous management and effective supervision of Sikh Gurdwaras and Gurdwara properties in the State.
Under subsection (8) of Section 16 of the said Act, there is a provision that till the elections are held after the enforcement of the Act, an adhoc committee comprising 41 members shall be nominated by the Government of Haryana to manage, supervise and take over all the assets of the Gurdwaras till the new Committee is constituted, which should not be later than eighteen months including the periods spent on the delimitation of wards, registration of eligible voters.
A provision for the nomination of Patron by the State Government is required to be made in the said Act. Further, there is no provision in the Act with regard to the recourse to be taken, where the elections are not held and the new Committee is not constituted within a period of eighteen months as provided under sub-section (8) of section 16 of the Act. Therefore, necessary amendments are required to be carried out in the Act. The Legislature of the State of Haryana is not in Session and circumstances exist which render it necessary to take immediate action. Hence this Ordinance has been introduced to amend section 16 of the said Act. Further, the proposed amendment empowers the government to nominate a member of the committee or the Adhoc committee as Patron.