The SGPC president, Gobind Singh Longowal, held a meeting on Sunday to discuss the preparations being made for Trudeau’s welcome and also issued dress code instruction for its officials and members of SGPC’s internal security task force.
Stating that Trudeau should be welcomed and honoured as per Panthic traditions, Longowal said all members of the task force would be attired in a specific uniform and would support saffron turbans while all officials of the SGPC would wear blue turbans.
The Canadian Premier will pay obeisance at the shrine on February 21 and will also visit the Partition Museum. He will land at Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport at 10.30 am.
Sources said that it was very likely that CM Capt Amarinder Singh would welcome Trudeau at the airport.
SGPC officials said that Trudeau is expected to reach the Golden Temple at around 11.30 am. During his hour-long stay, he will pay obeisance and will also visit the shrine’s kitchen. Later, as per tradition, Trudeau will be honoured at the Information Centre. Ample security arrangements by the local administration and SGPC task force have been made for this high-profile visit.
“The SGPC officials will sport blue turbans and the task force will have saffron turbans. The task force will be deputed at the entrance plaza, ‘parikrama’, langar hall and information office. We will honour him as per ‘maryada’. Trudeau will also be presented a special golden replica of the shrine and a specially crafted Sri Sahib (small sword — a religious symbol). We have decided not to hand over any memorandum to the guest. But various issues related to Sikhs in Canada could be taken up briefly,” said an SGPC official.