Now, getting a ‘bir’ needs recommendation http://www.tribuneindia.com/2010/20100325/punjab.htm#7 Varinder Singh Tribune News Service Amritsar, March 24 To prevent any disrespect to Guru Granth Sahib, the process of issuance of “saroops” of Guru Granth Sahib to devotees has been changed. Now, the five Sikh high priests have directed the SGPC to issue “birs” to only those devotees, who have recommendation of any of the respective area SGPC member, area in charge of the Dharam Parchar Committee of the SGPC or village sarpanch. The decision was taken at a meeting attended by the five Sikh high priests and their representatives. However, those who deposit the old “birs” or “birdh saroops” will not be required to submit any such recommendation at the time of their replacement. The high priests have also directed ‘pathis’ or ‘kirtaniyas’ to not to hold path of Guru Granth Sahib or recite kirtan at any place of “jatheras” (places dedicated to forefathers). Meanwhile, irked over “repeated defiance” of the Sikh clergy by former Akal Takht Jathedar Prof Darshan Singh even after his ex-communication, the five high priests have decided to procure lists of those Sikhs who had organised functions for the former Akal Takht jathedar after his expulsion. “We will discuss the matter only after we get lists,” said Giani Gurbachan Singh. The high priests also empowered SGPC chief Avtar Singh and Sant Samaj chief Baba Harnam Singh to investigate the issue and take legal action against a newspaper, which had published some “blasphemous” article in respect of Gurbani. They also sought a clarification regarding the alleged misuse of Baba Lakhi Shah Vanjara hall in New Delhi-based Gurdwara Rakabganj on the basis of a complaint.