Amritsar, July 21, 2023: Following the instructions of Jathedar, Akal Takht, apex sikh body, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has appealed to the management of the GNext Media (PTC channel) to continue Gurbani broadcast from Sachkhand Sri Harmandar Sahib, until the SGPC’s own satellite channel is established, in view of the sentiments of the Sikh community and the order given by Jathedar of Sri Akal Takht Sahib.
SGPC general secretary Bhai Gurcharan Singh Grewal said in a statement that as the agreement with the PTC channel is expiring on July 23, 2023, the SGPC will start sewa (service) of Gurbani broadcast on its YouTube/web channel from July 24, 2023, but on demand of the Sangat from across the world, the Jathedar of Sri Akal Takht Sahib has ordered the SGPC to continue broadcasting service through a channel until it establishes its own.
The SGPC honours this order of respected Jathedar and sentiments of the Sangat, following which; the PTC has been asked to continue Gurbani broadcast service, after consultation with the SGPC President Harjinder Singh Dhami.
Bhai Grewal said that besides establishing the web channel, the SGPC is making great efforts to establish its own satellite channel soon. He said that regarding the satellite channel, a letter has been written to the Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting seeking an appointment with him to meet a delegation of SGPC so that the necessary process can be initiated.
He said that the SGPC will start th” Gurbani broadcast from Amrit Vela (pious time in the early morning) on July 24 through its YouTube/web channel, regarding which the bhog (concluding ceremony) of Sri Akhand Path Sahib (uninterrupted recitation of Guru Granth Sahib) will be held on July 23, to take the blessings and permission from the Guru Sahib.
He said Invitations have been sent to Panthic organizations and prominent personalities, requesting them to attend this event. On this occasion, SGPC senior vice-president Baldev Singh Qaimpur, and executive member Surjit Singh Tughalwal were also present.