Punjab to set up NRI cell in every district

Tuesday 30th December 2014 07:20 EST

Moga: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said the government would set up separate NRI cells in every district across the state to facilitate non- resident Indians in getting their administrative works done smoothly.

Addressing a gathering of NRIs of Punjab origin, the Chief Minister said the deputy commissioners of every district would be asked to provide a separate room for NRI cell in the respective District Administrative Complexes (DACs) so that the NRIs are able to get their work done in a hassle-free manner.

The cells must be provided with adequate infrastructure, Badal said adding that the formal orders regarding setting-up of these cells would be issued soon. The Chief Minister further asked the Home Secretary of the state to review the list of NRIs Proclaimed Offenders so that no injustice was done to them, who were not involved in any crime.

Batting for amicable resolution of disputes of the NRIs, the chief minister said that NRI police stations could play a pivotal role in it. Rather than registering cases in such matters, the NRI police stations must try to resolve these issues with mutual understanding, he said.

Badal also said a five-member committee comprising NRIs would also be set up in every NRI police station so that such matters could be solved with mutual consent.

Holds Sangat Darshan for NRIs

Meanwhile, Badal held a 'Sangat Darshan' (people meeting exercise) in Moga for NRIs to redress their grievances speedily. NRIs hailing from eight districts - Moga, Bathinda, Fazilka, Ferozepur, Faridkot, Mansa, Muktsar and Barnala participated in the first ever Sangat Darshan programme.

Earlier, the state government had been holding NRI meets annually to redress their grievances.

Under the 'Sangat Darshan' programmes, Badal meets people at different places to redress their grievances on the spot.

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