RAHA, Aug 31 - A high-level Sikh delegation led by Manjinder Singh Sirsa, general secretary of Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee (DSGMC) visited the historic Gurudwara Mataji, at Chaparmukh on Wednesday.
Kuldeep Singh Bhogal, senior Shiromani Akali Dal leader and Indu Singh, social worker, were also part of the delegation.
After visiting the Gurudwara Mataji, talking to this Correspondent Sirsa said, �The Sikh people came to Assam to help the native people to defeat the Mughals. But even till this day, the social, economic and political conditions of the Sikhs in the State are not satisfactory. The past governments in Assam have done nothing for the uplift this community.�
�Now, we are fortunate enough that the Sonowal-led government has been adopting a slew of measures for the welfare of the Assamese Sikh community,� he said.
The DSGMC general secretary added that the Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee has decided to take up sewa (service) of the renovation of the Gurudwara Mataji in Chaparmukh, and work on the project will begin by mid-November this year.
He said that the DSGMC will also take the help of technical experts for the preservation of handwritten Guru Granth Sahib and other historical articles present in the Gurudwara Sahib in Assam.
Sirsa further said that the DSGMC has also decided to set up the Assam Sikh Welfare Trust, which will include Sikhs from worldwide who will contribute to ameliorate the condition of the Sikhs in the State. He said that the trust will formulate a plan to achieve the purpose and implement it as soon as possible.
The delegation later met the Nagaon Deputy Commissioner, Shamsher Singh to discuss allotment of 10 bighas of land to set up the social welfare project and establish a community centre and education complex in the district for which the Chief Minister has already sanctioned an amount of Rs 5 crore.
The Deputy Commissioner assured the delegation that within a period of one month, he will move a proposal to the government for allotment of the said land.