PUNJAB PLANS TO LAUNCH NRI CARD
- NRI CARD TO PROVIDE QUALITY MEDICARE, DISCOUNT ON SHOPPING AND PREFERENTIAL ALLOTMENT OF HOUSE
- NRI WEBSITE TO REGISTER ALL NRIs
- 24 HOURS NRI HELPLINE TO BE OPERATIONAL NEXT MONTH
- PUNJAB TO LAUNCH ‘KNOW YOUR MOTHERLAND’ EXCHANGE PROGRAMME FOR NEXT GENERATION NRIs
- LAWS TO BE AMENDED TO PROTECT THE PROPERTIES OF NRIs IN PUNJAB
Chandigarh, July 30, 2012
The Punjab government today decided to launch a NRI Card for Punjabis living abroad to give a specific identity to every NRI besides offering them slew of facilities in Punjab.
The Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal accompanied by NRI Affairs Minister Mr. Bikram Singh Majithia and former Union Minister Mr. Balwant Singh Ramoowalia asked NRI Affairs department to immediately work out the details of this proposal and implement it at the earliest. Mr. Badal said that Punjab has to involve NRIs in the process of development by assuring them total support of the state government and offering them legal support in their cases.
The Deputy Chief Minister gave in-principle approval for a unique NRI card to be offered to every NRI who would be able to apply for this card on the website of NRI department. The card besides giving identity to the NRIs for every official purpose, would assure quality medicare to them besides offering them attractive discounts on the shopping in Punjab. He asked PUDA to explore the possibilities of offering preference to NRIs in house allotment.
Mr. Majithia informed the Deputy Chief Minister that a comprehensive website and portal of NRI Affairs department has been finalized and would become operational next month. He said that this website would be multi dimensional website and NRIs would be able to register themselves on the website itself. He said that even NRI card would be issued on the website itself. He said that registration of every NRI made mandatory.
Appreciating the endeavour of website Mr. Badal said that a 24 hour NRI helpline should also be functional next month that would be able to register the complaints of NRIs 24 hours besides giving them time bound response on Action Taken Report. He said that these steps would inculcate confidence amongst NRIs who feel insecure sitting in foreign land.
Asking the tourism department to explore the possibility of student exchange programme brand named as ‘Know your motherland’ Mr. Badal said that under this programme NRI student should be offered one month guided tour of Punjab so that next generation NRIs who don’t have any idea of Punjab should be given a glimpse of rich cultural heritage and could educate themselves their roots. The Tourism department also informed about the farm tourism programme launched by the department for NRIs.
Expressing concern over forcible possession of properties of NRIs, Mr. Badal issued directions to initiate amendments in the law to ensure protection of properties of NRIs besides eviction of tenants, whenever NRI wants to return to his motherland. He also asked revenue department to explore the possibility of adopting the properties of NRIs, giving them protection of the state, if the NRI desired so.
Expressing concern over legal tangles being faced by NRIs, Mr. Badal asked the NRI Affairs department to work out a panel of legal luminaries who would provide legal support to NRIs in the case of distress.
Prominent amongst those who were present in the meeting included Dr. Daljit Singh Cheema, MLA, Mr. N.S. Kang, Financial Commissioner Revenue, Mrs. Gurpreet Deo, IG NRI Affairs, Mr. Manvesh Singh Sidhu, Special Principal Secretary to Deputy Chief Minister.
SET UP NRI HELPDESKS AT VIGILANCE BUREAU: SUKHBIR
PUNJAB TO ENACT LAW TO ENABLE NRIs TO GET THEIR PROPERTY EVICTED
- NRI DEPARTMENT TOLD TO CONDUCT CENSUS OF PUNJABIS LANGUISHING IN JAILS OF OTHER COUNTRIES
- DEPARTMENT TOLD TO CREATE LEGAL DESK TO HELP ILLEGAL PUNJABI IMMIGRANTS
CHANDIGARH, JULY 16:
The Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal today asked Chief Secretary, Mr. Rakesh Singh, who is also Secretary Vigilance to make NRI helpdesks at Vigilance Bureau Headquarter and six Vigilance Ranges at Jalandhar, Amritsar, Ludhiana, Patiala, Bathinda and Ferozpur functional within one month to enable NRIs to file their complaints of harassment or corruption against government officials.
Accompanied by NRI Affairs Minister Mr. Bikram Singh Majithia, Mr. Badal reviewed the steps taken to redress the grievances of NRIs. Mr. Badal said that we in Punjab have estimated population of 3 crore and 9 million Punjabi Diaspora all over the world has great expectations from SAD-BJP Government.
Mr. Majithia informed that NRI Affairs Department has already taken proactive steps including appointing Commissioner NRI, IG NRI, establishing NRI Commission, Fast Track Courts and six NRI Police Stations all over the state for ensuring effective grievances redressal machinery for them. He said that revenue authorities have been already instructed to specially earmark cases of NRI and send them to DRO, instead of Tehsildar.
Expressing concern over NRIs being harassed in the property cases, Mr. Badal said that he has observed that 75 per cent of NRI complaints pertained to property disputes with their relatives and 25 per cent comprise of matrimonial disputes involving overseas marriages.
Calling for an effective legislation that would allow NRIs to get the possession of the property after returning to their motherland, Mr. Badal said that NRI Department should submit the draft law within one month.
Expressing concern over Punjabis especially illegal immigrants languishing in jails of various countries, Mr. Badal asked the NRI Department to conduct a census of such Punjabis so that legal measure could be taken to get them released from these jails. He also asked the department to create a special legal cell to help such victims.
Mr. Badal said that Vigilance Bureau website for NRIs should have the concerned helpline telephone numbers displayed along with the e mail ID on which NRI could lodge a complaint even if he was in foreign country.
Prominent amongst those present in the meeting included Financial Commissioner, Revenue, Mr. N.S. Kang, Chief Director, Vigilance, Mr. Suresh Arora, Principal Secretary, Deputy CM, Mr. P.S. Aujla and IG NRI, Gurpreet Deo.
NRI COMMISSION SEEKS DETAILED REPORT FROM SSP PATIALA IN A DOWRY CASE AGAINST NRI HUSBAND
CHANDIGARH, July 11
The NRI commission today sought a detailed report from SSP Patiala on or before August 24, 2012 regarding the dowry complaint filed by Harmanjeet Kaur against her NRI husband Harminder pal, having Passport no.F8819018 issued on 10.07.2006.
A Spokesperson of the NRI Commission today said that Harmanjeet Kaur has alleged in her complaint that after the marriage in 2007, she was regularly harassed by her in-laws for dowry. She has also alleged that her parents had given Rs. 10 lakh to her in-laws on their constant demands, resultantly her husband got permanent residency in Italy.
The Spokesperson further said that the commission sought a detailed report from SSP Patiala in this case and also ordered to look into the allegations contained in the complaint and to take an appropriate action. The Commission also asked IG NRI Affairs, who is also a nodal officer for NRI Affairs to look into the matter. He also said that the commission also sent a copy of complaint to the Passport officer Jalandhar to take appropriate action under the Passport Act 1967.