20 more gurdwaras including Rara Sahib in SGPC's control http://epaper. hindustantimes. com/ArticleText. aspx?article= 11_04_2010_ 002_006&kword=&mode=1 Through a special notification, the Union Home Ministry has empowered the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) to gain direct control over 20 more gurdwaras in Punjab and Haryana. With this, the number of Sikh shrines listed under Section 85 of the Sikh Gurdwara Act (1925), under which the SGPC is governed, has gone up to 74. Facing opposition from some of the local committees controlling the gurdwaras, the SGPC had been vying to gain control over these since the past couple of years. The SGPC had laid claim over the gurdwaras as these had exceeded the income limit of Rs 20 lakh per annum fixed under the Act. Thus far, the 20 gurdwaras were listed under Section 87 of the Sikh Gurdwara Act, whereby these were indirect- ly controlled by the SGPC through local committees, and the Sikh body received 10 per cent of the shrines' income. With the change of section under which the gurdwaras are to be governed, the SGPC will gain complete control of the administrative affairs, but it will continue to get only 10 per cent of the income. The Union Home Ministry order has also come as a set- back for the ad hoc Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (HSGPC), as one of the gurdwaras now put under SGPC control is at Cheeka in Haryana. The HSGPC has been vying for recognition as an autonomous body in Haryana on the lines of the SGPC. Among the gurdwaras trans- ferred to the SGPC are those in Verka, Ranwa, Rara Sahib, Hyndaiya, Sarhali, Bhawanigarh, Baserke Gillan, Satkartarian, Bilga, Kaunke Kalan, Gurusar Mehraj, Jaito, Bargari, Bhikhi and Nadala. The development came 10 days after the SGPC passed its annual budget proposals for 2010-11. “Had the notification come a little earlier, we would have made budgetary provisions for these shrines too,“ an SGPC spokesperson said while wel- coming the Central govern- ment move to accede to the body's long-standing demand in this regard.