The Punjab government has decided to commemorate the 13th death anniversary of eminent Sikh scholar and panthic leader Jathedar Gurcharan Singh Tohra with a state-level function at his native village Tohra in Patiala district on April 1.

Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has ordered the necessary arrangements to be made for organising the commemorative event as a mark of respect to the legendary Sikh leader.

Since the chief minister has some prior pressing official engagements of the day, he has deputed his cabinet colleague Sadhu Singh Dharamsot to attend the function, a spokesperson of the CM 's office said on Tuesday.

The spokesperson disclosed that the CM had given the approval on the proposal to mark Jathedar Tohra’s anniversary with a state-level function on Tuesday morning and had directed the concerned officials to make arrangements for the event befitting the occasion.

The CM regretted his inability to attend the function due to pre-scheduled engagements.

Recalling his personal ties with Jathedar Tohra during his political career spanning over three decades, Amarinder said the iconic Sikh leader would always be remembered for propagating the concept of value-based politics in public life.

An Akali stalwart, Tohra was the chief of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), often referred to as mini parliament of Sikhs on issues relating to the Sikh community.