Chandigarh: The Punjab Cabinet has approved amendment to The Sikh Gurdwaras Act, 1925, and addition of Section 125A to the Act.
Speaking to the media, Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann said the move will ensure free to Air live telecast of Holy Gurbani from Sri Harmandir Sahib.
He said the amendment has been made with an objective that the entire humanity is able to listen to and see the live telecast of Holy Gurbani free of cost.
Bhagwant Mann added that this move is aimed at ensuring that Holy Gurbani is not commercialized in any manner.
“This Act will be called the Sikh Gurdwaras (Amendment) Act, 2023 and will come into force on and with effect from the date of its publication in the Official Gazette. The Sikh Gurdwaras Act, 1925, after section 125, section 125-A will be inserted for the live telecast of Gurbani free of cost. The Act stipulates that it will be the duty of the Board to propagate the teachings of the Gurus by making uninterrupted (without any on screen running advertisements/commercials/distortion) live feed (Audio or Audio as well as Video) of Holy Gurbani from Sri Harmandir Sahib available free of cost to all media houses, outlets, platforms, channels etc. whoever wishes to broadcast it,” the Chief Minister said.
The Chief Minister said as a humble and devotee Sikh, he is a votary of free to air telecast of the Gurbani across the globe.