New Delhi: In the second part of the Budget session, the Lok Sabha on Monday passed the Sikh Gurdwara (Amendment) Bill 2016.
Though the bill contained some contentious points, it was passed by both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha.
This bill is contentious because it draws certain positions on the issue of personal consumption and debars people who do not follow those lines for voting in the election of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC).
The amendment bill removes exception given to Sahjdhari Sikhs in 1944 to vote in the elections to members of the Board and the Committees constituted under the parent Act.
Manjeet Singh GK of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) said, “We welcome this parliament decision that they have passed the Bill. It was very important. We cannot allow anybody to vote in our system so only Sikhs can vote in the election of Gurudwara.”
He further added, “If you have no turban, then you are barred from voting.”
The government’s focus in this budget session will also be on the GST Bill, the Bankruptcy Bill and amendments to the Factories Act.