Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Punjab to bring new policy to help Punjabi NRIs

 “Punjab government has launched a programme to connect NRI Punjabi youths with their roots.”

— Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal, Punjab NRI Affairs Minister

Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann-led government has said that it will soon come out with a new NRI-friendly policy to provide assistance to NRI Punjabis.

Punjab NRI Affairs Minister Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal chaired a meeting with senior officers of the NRI departments along with members of the NRI commission in Chandigarh on August 3 wherein the draft of the new NRI policy was discussed.

Dhaliwal said that the Punjab government had launched a programme to connect NRI Punjabi youths with their roots, PTI reported. The Mann government will also start a scheme to give elderly NRI Punjabis free transportation to the state’s historical sites and places of worship.

According to the minister, attempts were being made to create NRI Lok Adalats that operate similarly to civil Lok Adalats in order to address their problems. In these courts, he claimed, issues over property and marriage would be resolved immediately by mutual accord and given legal status.

To inform, educate, and raise awareness about the legal remedies available for victims, the National Commission for Women (NCW) began a series of programmes on ‘NRI Marriages: Do’s and Don’ts, A Way Forward’ in several districts of Punjab.

Another significant decision made at the meeting was to request Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann to assign a Punjab Civil Services level official to serve as a nodal officer in each district so that the concerns of the NRIs could be heard quickly.

It has also been planned to establish a rule to stop “girdwari” changes without NRI approval in order to bring relief to NRIs as there are many incidences of encroachment on NRI lands. It was also decided that a panel of lawyers from the Advocate General’s office will be appointed to provide legal assistance to the NRI Punjabis, PTI reported.

Earlier in July in order to inform, educate, and raise awareness about the legal remedies available for victims, the National Commission for Women (NCW) began a series of programmes on “NRI Marriages: Do’s and Don’ts, A Way Forward” in several districts of Punjab. According to authorities, the programmes would educate victims of NRI marriages about their rights.

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Toshi Jyotsna
(Toshi Jyotsna is an IT professional who keeps a keen interest in writing on contemporary issues both in Hindi and English. She is a columnist, and an award-winning story writer.)

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