Enact anand Marriage Act for Sikhs: SAD urges Centre Enact Anand Marriage Act for Sikhs: SAD urges Centre The Shiromani Akali Dal Core Committee on Political Affairs (CCPA) called upon the Centre for an expeditious enactment of the Anand Marriage Act for Sikhs, along the lines of similar acts for other religions. Sources said the draft of this Act is ready for ratification by the Union Cabinet. After the clearance, it is likely to be introduced in the Parliament in the next session. Once passed, the Sikh Marriage Act will meet a long-standing demand of the community that has been fighting for an amendment to the Anand Marriage Act passed by the British in 1909. Under the Act, there will be a special provision for the registration of marriages performed under Sikh religious rights. At present, marriages performed under Sikh religious rights are registered either under the Hindu Marriage Act or the Special Marriage Act. Now when the Special Marriage Act is being amended, provision for the registration of marriages performed according to the Anand Marriage Act of 1909 will also be incorporated. In another resolution, the party demanded that Punjab be paid royalty on the river waters of the state being used by other states, notably Rajasthan. The resolution states that this was in conformity with the nationally and internationally accepted riparian principle according to which only a state through which rivers flow have a right on their waters. The resolution pointed out that royalty by non-riparain states is an accepted practice and even Rajasthan and erstwhile state of Nabha paid royalty to Punjab before Independence for the use of its river waters. In a separate resolution, the meeting also called upon the Centre to review the Black List of Sikhs facing various charges. The meeting was attended by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar, Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Ranjit Singh Brahampura, Balwinder Singh Bhunder, Gurdev Singh Badal, Sewa Singh Sekhwan, Tota Singh, Prem Singh Chandumajra, Mahesh Singh Inder Singh Grewal and Harcharan Bains.