Union Cabinet Approved Sikh Gurudwara’s Act

The Union government has given the go-ahead for the amendment of the 91-year-old Sikh Gurdwaras Act, 1925, in order to remove the exemption granted to Sahajdhari Sikhs in 1944 to vote in elections to Sikh religious bodies.

The Sehajdhari Sikhs were continuously exercising their voting rights in the SGPC elections since 1949. In 2003, the Union Home Ministry debarred the Sehajdhari Sikhs from voting by amending the Sikh Gurdwara Act, 1925 It was done through a notification dated 8 October 2003.
The notification came as a result of the powers conferred by Parliament under Section 72 of the Punjab Re-organisation Act, 1966.  The notification was nullified by the Punjab and Haryana High Court on 20 December 2011. The final decision was left to the legislation to decide whether to amend the Act or not

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  • The Sikh Gurdwaras Act, 1925 was a piece of legislation in British India which legally defined Sikh identity and brought Sikh gurdwaras (houses of worship) under the control of an elected body of orthodox Sikhs.
  • Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee(SGPC)

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  • Who is the Union Home Ministry of india?
  • Sikh Gurdwaras come under which act?


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