Sikh Gurdwaras (Amendment) Bill, 2016 passed in parliament: 8 key pointers

first_imgThe amendment to the Sikh Gurdwaras Bill introduced in March 2016has been passed in the parliament. The bill has seen many facets in its lifetime regarding the voting rights of Sahjdhari sikhs.Here are 8 key facts on the bill:The amendment brings the inclusion of Sahjdhari Sikhs tovote in the elections to the Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC)Sahjdhari Sikhs are the people from the Sikh religion whocut/trim their beard or hairSahjdhari Sikhs were not allowed to vote in the SGPC since1944 The Union Ministry of Home Affairs’ (MHA) notification datedOctober 2003 carried out the proposed amendment  Section 72 of the Punjab Re-organisation Act, 1966, wasexercised by the parliament in order to issue the notificationThe amendment bill was first passed in the Rajya Sabha inMarch 2016 and later, in the Lok Sabha in April 2016The new amendment bill will come into force retrospectivelyfrom October 8, 2003Under the Sikh Gurdwara Act of 1925, every Sikh above 21years of age, who is a registered voter is entitled to vote in the SGPC election. Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.last_img

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