By Chanchal Manohar Singh
Ludhiana, January 18 (PKB): Acting on the suggestions received from NRIs during three Sangat Darshans across the state, the Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today announced review of the state government’s major policies concerning the well being of NRIs.
The Chief Minister said that in order to facilitate the NRIs the early resolution of the problems related to Police department, the state government was contemplating to give the powers regarding enquiry of cases against them to the local Senior Superintendent of Police (SSPs).
Addressing the gathering during third and concluding Sangat Darshan exclusively for NRIs here today, the Chief Minister said that these Sangat Darshans have proved to be a boon both for the state government and NRIs as they have enabled the former to have an in-depth understanding of the policies related to the latter.
Describing the NRIs as ambassadors of Punjab, Punjabi and Punjabiat in foreign countries, he said that they were both an asset as well as pride of the entire Punjabi community so it was the bounden duty of the state government to ensure their welfare. “The interactions with NRIs during these three days have enabled me to completely understand the problems faced by them and we will make all out efforts for rectifying the mechanism, wherever needed, to address their grievances”, added Mr. Badal.
The Chief Minister said that in order to facilitate the NRIs the early resolution of the problems related to Police department, the state government was contemplating to give the powers regarding enquiry of cases against them to the local Senior Superintendent of Police (SSPs). He said that in order to prevent any undue harassment of NRIs by fake Police complaints them the investigation would be conducted at level of SSP of the concerned district, for saving time and energy of NRIs.
Likewise, the Chief Minister said that going by the pendency of the Revenue Courts, the work of these also needs to be streamlined for which the state government would take the necessary steps. He said that NRIs have to wait for long to get their cases resolved in these courts so the state government would take adequate steps to expedite the process of clearing these cases.
Dwelling on another issue, the Chief Minister also announced that in order to ensure better participation of the NRIs to develop the state, the Punjab government would remove the shortcomings in the matching grant scheme so that the Punjabi Diaspora settled abroad could be more actively involved in the development of their native village/ town. He said that NRIs were keen to be a partner for the development of their villages so the state government would take every step to facilitate them. Mr. Badal said that soon a mechanism would be evolved for making this scheme more practical to suit the NRIs.
Expressing concern over the pendency of cases in dedicated Civil court for NRIs in Jalandhar, the Chief Minister said that he would flag up this issue before the Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court. He said that a large number of NRIs have raised this issue during the Sangat Darshans as they have to face a lot of problem due to the pending cases in this court. Mr. Badal said that he would urge the Chief Justice for finding some viable solution for this problem faced by the NRIs.
Earlier Minister for NRI affairs Jathedar Tota Singh, while welcoming the Chief Minister, hailed his vision for holding these Sangat Darshans for ensuring the well being of NRI brethren.
Prominent amongst other present on the occasion included Cabinet Minister Mr. Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, MLAs Mr. SR Kler, Mr. Darshan Singh Shivalik, Mr. Manpreet Singh Ayali and Mr. Ranjit Singh Dhillon, Media Advisor to Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Jangveer Singh, MLA Edmonton (Canada) Mr. Peter Sandhu, Chairman Punjab Subordinate Service Selection Board Jathedar Santa Singh Umedpuri, Chairman District Planning Committee Jathedar Hira Singh Gabria, former MP Mr. Amrik Singh Aliwal, former Ministers Mr. Jagdish Singh Garcha and Mr. Isher Singh Meharban, Additional Chief Secretary Mr. Jagpal Singh Sandhu, Financial Commissioner Revenue Mr. Karan Avtar Singh, Principal Secretary NRI Affairs department Mr. Sanjay Kumar, Special Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Dr S Karunaraju, IG (NRI Cell) Ms. Gurpreet Deo, Commissioner Patiala Disvion Mr. AS Pannu and Deputy Commissioners of Ludhiana, Sangrur, Patiala, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, Fatehgarh Sahib, SAS Nagar (Mohali) and Rupnagar.