Cash rich by the money of Sikh Sangat worldwide, SGPC Passes 993 Crore Budget for 2015-2016 operations. The budget is considered to be one of the largest budgets since the formation of the SGPC. However, no one really knows whether all the money which is earmarked really goes to where it needs to.
Below via: TOI
AMRITSAR: For better understanding and propagation of Sikh religion abroad, especially in US where Sikhs have been subjected to hate crime, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has earmarked in all Rs 4.5 crore in its Rs 993.24 crore annual budget 2015-16 passed here on Monday.
Talking to mediapersons after the budget session, SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar said that they had not only earmarked Rs 2 crore for US Sikh Mission but also Rs 1 crore for printing of Sri Guru Granth Sahib abroad.
Similarly, an amount of Rs 1.50 crore was set aside for Sikh Mission, Kathmandu. In addition, another Rs 93 lakh had been earmarked for purchase of projectors and video vans for making and screening of religious documentary films by SGPC. In India, budgetary provisions have been made for Sikh Missions at Haryana, Rajastha, UP and Madhya Pradesh.
Keeping in view the swelling number of devotees at visit the Golden Temple and ever growing need of langar facilities, SGPC had estimated Rs 60 crore expenses up from Rs 17 crore for the purpose earmarked during the current financial year.
For delivering health services, SGPC has allotted Rs 6 crore for cancer patients. Makkar said that SGPC had given a financial help of Rs 13.5 crore to 6,633 cancer patients since 2011.
To tackle the drug menace SGPC had decided to set up three hockey academies. The SGPC president said that the committee had earmarked Rs 3 crore for setting up three hockey academies and development of playgrounds.
Not forgetting the Army deserters (Sikh soldiers who had quit their barracks during Operation Bluestar), Makkar said that they earmarked Rs 2.25 crore for them besides Rs 50 lakh for the Sikh families which were displaced during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.