Devotees who apply online to visit Kartarpur Sahib are not charged a facilitation fee: Punjab CM

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Prime Minister Amarinder Singh made it clear on Sunday that devotees requesting online visits in Pakistan were not charged a facilitation fee from the 'sewa kendras' set by the state government and said that Anyone requesting to pay any fee must report directly to their office.

In reaction to the reports of pilgrims who charged some kind of facilitation fee by requesting through the online portal on 'sewa kendras', which provide citizen-centered services, the chief minister said it was not about charging the devotees and that the application process was totally free of cost.

If the state government receives a specific complaint, I will personally make sure to take strict measures against officials found guilty of such misconduct, which would be a total violation of my government's decision to provide a free application service to devotees, he said. in A statement here.

Singh said he had personally opposed the $ 20 fee imposed by the Pakistani government for devotees who travel to the historic Darbar Sahib Gurdwara in Kartarpur through it, since the imposition of any fee for that purpose was totally against the religious principles of Sikhism.

In fact, India had never accused pilgrims of any country, including Pakistan, for visiting and paying tribute to any religious shrine, he said, adding that his government was completely against any deviation from this practice.

Singh said the 'sewa kendras' received detailed guidelines to facilitate and process the online applications of those wishing to visit the gurdwara in Kartarpur.

These guidelines did not include any facilitation fees, he said, adding that he would take serious note of any violation of these guidelines.

The Kartarpur Gurdwara, where the founder of the Sikh faith Guru nanak Dev He spent the last days of his life, occupied a special place in the life of every Sikh and, in fact, of every follower of the great Guru, and he, like his father and his great grandfather before him, would do everything in his Power to guarantee Singh said that the venerated shrine is preserved for the Sikhs for centuries.

The corridor, which connects Dera Baba Nanak with the historic Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, Pakistan, the final resting place of Guru nanak Dev, was opened on November 9.

On November 9, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had inaugurated the part of the corridor that fell from the Indian side while his counterpart from Pakistan Imran Khan inaugurated corridor's part on the Pakistani side, three days ahead of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru nanak Dev .