16 March 2016 Current Affairs: The Rajya Sabha has passed the Sikh Gurdwaras (Amendment) Bill, 2016 which envisages to amend 91-year-old Sikh Gurdwaras Act,1925 to exclude Sehajdhari Sikhs from voting in elections to Sikh religious bodies.Sikh Gurdwaras Act, 1925 : The Sikh Gurdwaras Act, 1925 was a piece of legislation in British India, which legally defined Sikh identity and brought Sikh gurdwaras (houses of worship) under the control of an elected body of orthodox Sikhs.The Bill proposes to remove the exception given to Sahajdhari Sikhs in 1944 to vote in the elections to select the members of the Board and the Committees constituted under the Act. Since 1949, Sehajdhari Sikhs are continuously exercising their voting rights in the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) elections.
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