The first religious e-commerce site- www. SGPC.net

New Delhi, July 20, 2000. http://www.sgpc.net is the latest addition to the long list of accounts developed by IndiaMART InterMESH Ltd.. The e-commerce enabled site is the pioneer in providing all the possible religious services on the net there by bringing the Sikh community the world over onto a single platform.

Inaugurating the site on 15th July, 2000, at Amritsar, Bibi Jagir Kaur Ji, President SGPC, told that “the site would offer all the possible facilities as a means to bring the Sikhs the world over a step closer to each other.” The site carries the most advanced and secure e-commerce features.

On this dynamic site, the visitors can send e-donations for Harmandir Sahib, Langar, Education, Hospitals, etc. through credit cards. The amount of these donations will be automatically deposited in the SGPC account through secure payment gateway.

There are facilities for performing Akhand Paths in the Harmandir and other eminent Gurdwaras, for which the devotees have to make bookings and wait in queue for long. Now, through the site, SGPC offers online booking of these holy Akhand Paths to be performed at various Gurdwaras by submitting the offering in advance. Moreover, any devotee willing to get a room booked in the Sarai, can do so very easily through this site by depositing the specified ‘Bheta’.

Apart from this a large number of cyber-services and rich content have been offered through the site. It will carry monthly publications of S.G.P.C.,

Gurudwara Gazette, Gurmat Prakash, Shiromani Bulletin and all the tracts meant for distribution to spread the message of sikh religion, ethos values, code of conduct, culture etc in Gurmukhi as well as in English. The e-commerce site also offers books related to the religion.

The site is available for search on more than 500 most advanced search engines the world over. Sgpc.net would offer a number of e-commerce applications through a secure payment gateway set-up on a VERISIGN certified gateway.

“The site is the specimen of the technocreativity and the expertise of IndiaMART InterMESH Ltd. in providing customised end-to-end e-solutions. The company will undertake the entire implementation of this project.” Said Dr. Bikram Singh Virk, technical consultant SGPC.

Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee has also commissioned its own leased line to ensure 24 hours connectivity with the cyber-world. SGPC plans to use this 64 kpbs leased line to install five cyber-cafes in the Sarais, so that the devotees may send and check e-mails.

Mr Apollo Sharma, Project Manager, IndiaMART Intermesh Limited said “We have offered e-commerce and other web solutions for businesses and corporates, but it was an absolute delight working on the SGPC project, whereby technology would contribute to a wider reach of a religion.”