Assam govt to introduce Guru Tegh Bahadur Award

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HT Correspondent

New Delhi, Aug 30: Assam government has decided to introduce an annual award in the name of Ninth Sikh Guru Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur and it will be given for exemplary work in the social field. This was decided in a meeting between Assam chief minister Sarbnanda Sonowal and visiting Sikh delegation led by Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee (DSGMC) general secretary Manjinder Singh Sirsa. The delegation had urged Sonowal to institute the award in the name of the Guru Sahib.

Disclosing this in a statement issued here, Sirsa informed that DSGMC has welcomed the decision and personally thanked chief minister for the decision which will go long way in resurrecting the Sikhs in the state.

He also informed that as the DSGMC has already decided to take up sewa for renovation of Gurudwara Mata ji in Assam, its plan is being prepared and work on the project will begin by mid November this year. He also said that the DSGMC will also take help of technical experts for preservation of hand written Guru Granth Sahib and other historical articles present in the Gurudwara Sahib in Assam.

Sirsa further informed that as the social, economic and political condition of the Sikhs in the state is not good enough, it has been decided to set up Assam Sikh Welfare Trust which will includes Sikhs from worldwide who will contribute to ameliorate the condition of the Sikhs in the state of Assam. He said that the said trust will formulate plan to achieve the said purpose and implement it as soon as possible.

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