The managements of these gurdwaras continued to serve cooked food and provided shelter to the labourers and ne…Read More
AMBALA/KURUKSHETRA: Three gurdwaras have been offering cooked food in the form of langar (community kitchen), food packets, and shelter to lakhs of migrant labourers marching towards their native states on roads and needy in the cities and rural areas of Ambala and Kurukshetra districts.
There are three historic gurdwaras in Ambala and Kurukshetra, which are managed by Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), Amritsar; Panjokhra Sahib, Manji Sahib in Ambala and Gurdwara Patshahi Chhevin in Kurukshetra.
Managers of these gurdwaras said that after the Covid outbreak, the footfall of sangat declined due to restricted movement and the offerings in golaks (donation box) and donations have also come down during this period in last two months.
However, the managements of these gurdwaras continued to serve cooked food and provided shelter to the labourers and needy without any gap in the service.
Manager of Gurdwara Patshahi Chhevin, Kurukshetra, Amrinder Singh told, “In first two phases of lockdown, we served cooked food to around 5,000 persons every day and now the langar is continuing at gurdwara langar hall. We do not have shortage of ration for langar, as the sangat continues to donate ration on regular basis. However, the offerings in golak have come down as sangat could not come to gurdwara during lockdown. On an average around Rs 10-12 lakh is collected every month from the golak and now it has not been opened since February month. We have generated income from around 100 acres of gurdwara land which is given on contract for agriculture. So far, we are managing with the available resources along with dispatching salaries of around 65 employees. Now the sangat has started to come but in less number with relaxations in lockdown.”
Gurdwara Panjokhra Sahib in Ambala records highest footfall of sangat in this region, its manager Sukhdev Singh told, “There is no shortage of ration as farmers and sangat continue to offer raw ration and the langar is continuous for the needy and labourers. However, the sangat could not come to gurdwara during the lockdown. At Panjokhra Sahib, the golak is opened after every 15 days and now, it is not been opened since the imposition of lockdown. There is a monthly collection of around Rs 34 lakh at this gurdwara and we have around 60 employees.”
SGPC spokesman Kulwinder Singh Ramdas said, “There is no shortage for langar in Guru Nanak’s home and the langars will continue without any halt in all the gurdwaras with the support of sangat. There may be some shortage in collections from golaks but the sangat’s support has been received in other ways. SGPC has its management which works under a mechanism and is always prepared for crisis. SGPC too has an online system of offering or donating dasvand (10% of income) at its official website but this system is centralized and not for particular gurdwaras under the body.”
“The budget meeting which was scheduled to take place in March month could not happen due to lockdown. Following, as soon as the lockdown was imposed, a meeting of interim body took place and a decision was taken to continue spending up to June 30. So far, we have not calculated any figures”, further added Ramdas.