Ex Akal Takht Jathedar’s 3 Star Hotel in Muktsar Sahib opens for operations.
The Tribune News Service has reported that former Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh has opened his 3 star hotel in Mukatsar Sahib. The SGPC has already employed 18 relatives of Gurbachan Singh and ex Keshgarh Sahib Jathedar Mal Singh.
On the payroll of the SGPC, Gurbachan has appointed his son Jaswinderpal Singh as a personal assistant and salary positions for his brother, two nephews, two daughters, two sons-in-law, a brother in law, and six other relatives. Also, the former Jathedar’s daughters work as teachers for an SGPC school run in Amritsar.
The son of Gurbachan is a leader of the AKali Dal in village Bariwala and the daughter in law is the vice-chairman of the party of Zila Parishad, Muktsar.
Now, a look at ex Jathedar Giani Mal Singh’s family members who work for the SGPC:
Son Amandeep Singh: PA; deputy manager SGPC.
Son Amarjit Singh: Granthi at Sri Darbar Sahib who despite being five years younger than the required age was given the service.
A Look Into ex Jathedar Gurmukh Singh of Takht Damdama Sahib:
Brother Himmat Singh is a PA.
According to the SGPC’s articles, a close relative of an SGPC member can’t be given a job within the SGPC. However, rules appeared to have been relaxed during Bibi Jagir Kaur’s tenure.
It’s quite clear that the appointment of relatives by the former Jathedars has a direct conflict of interest and further prevents transparency in operations.