source: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/sgpc-officials-above-58-years-asked-to-retire/607435/ SGPC officials above 58 years asked to retire Dharmendra Rataul - Posted online: Saturday , Apr 17, 2010 at 2301 hrs Amritsar : The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee officials are having sleepless nights after dictates from the Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission (SGJC), the apex body that governs affairs of religious bodies of Sikhs, directing all the staff members above the age of 58 to retire. The SGJC has given 21 days to the SGPC to reply and act on its observation. While hearing one of the petitions on April 14, Manmohan Singh Brar, chairman of the Gurdwara Commission, observed that as per the laid norms no employee above 58 years of age could remain employed with the religious body. As the state government has decided not to to increase the retirement age, the SGPC, constituted under an act of Parliament, should also follow the suit. “The SGPC is silent on the issue. It should give us reply within three weeks,” said Brar. More than 100 staff members of the SGPC, including some top post holders, would be affected by the new ruling. Apart from this an observation also was made by the commission regarding the numerous violations in the new recruitments made by SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar. “Any employee who gets more than Rs 7,000 per month as salary cannot be recruited by the SGPC chief alone. This norm has been violated,” observed the commission, seeking the information on the matter. SGPC Secretary Dalmegh Singh, when contacted, admitted they had received the orders. “We have received the orders from the commission. We have high regards for the judiciary and the commission. We still have 21 days to reply and our legal team is already on its toes for preparing a suitable reply,” he said, adding that staff above the age of 58 years will be laid off, if required. “There are certain posts which are held by experts. We are yet to get a clarification for such posts. We have to ensure smooth administration as well,” said Dalmegh. Regarding recruitments, he said all the appointments were made as per the law and there was no likelihood of any violation.