JAMMU, JUL 21: Concerned over the attitude of the previous state government and elected public representatives, the District Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (DGPC) has decided to install the statue of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur at Kunjwani Chowk using its own resources for which it has sought permission from the government.
Baba Banda Singh Bahadur, who was the son of the soil, was the first Sikh ruler who abolished the Zamindari system, and granted property rights to the tillers of the land and also brought many reforms in the society.
“It is a long pending demand of entire Sikh Community of Jammu and Kashmir to install the statue of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur at Kunjwani Chowk and the matter has already been discussed by Social Activist and Bollywood Actress Preeti Saproo. DGPC Jammu and various Sikh Organisations had approached the state government from time to time for the installation of the statue. Despite commitments and assurances by previous government and the local MLAs demand of Sikh community has not been acceded to,” DGPC Jammu General Secretary Avtar Singh Khalsa said in a memorandum submitted to the Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh.
“The DGPC Jammu has decided to provide funds from their own sources and has already approached for making the statue at Gwalior like the ones installed by Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee at Delhi and by Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee Amritsar at Chappar Chiri, Punjab,” Khalsa said adding the DGPC will not ask for any financial assistance from the Government and only wants permission to install the statue at a significant place like Kunjwani Chowk.
“It is our duty to install the statue of such a great warrior and visionary Baba Banda Singh Bahadur at Kunjwani Chowk which is the entry point of Jammu city,” Khalsa said appealing to the Union Minister for helping the Sikh Community in expediting the permission for installation of statue.