The Akal Takht has issued a Hukamnama banning the use of mobile phones from Granthis and Raagis.
The Akal Takht Jathedar announced after the meeting of the Panj Piyare that Granthis and Raagis can no longer use mobile phones while performing their duties.
The Akal Takht Jathedar said after complaints from Sikh sangats from across the world the action was taken. He addressed a concern that Granthis were caught playing video games on their phones while doing Chaur Seva of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji.
He also banned Raagis of using their phones while doing Kirtan. He stressed that Raagis must memorize the shabads fully and do kirtan that way instead of using their phones.
He expressed concerns that phones have caused an interference with Seva and issued a ban to prevent the sacrilege from continuing.
However, many have expressed their voices against the decision as they say it’s a decision to hurt Sikhi rather than hurt it.
One parcharak spoke out against the hukamnama saying the Jathedar’s goal is to damage Sikhi.