Punjab chief minister to review policies for NRIs

Addressing a gathering during the third Sangat Darshan held exclusively for NRIs in Ludhiana, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal announced a review of the state government's policies concerning NRIs. Describing NRIs as ambassadors of Punjab he said they are an asset and pride of the Punjabi community so it is the duty of the state government to ensure their welfare, and interaction with NRIs during the meeting have enabled him to understand the problems they face and he will make all efforts to rectify the mechanism wherever needed. CM Badal said the state government is contemplating giving the powers to local Senior Superintendents of Police (SSPs) regarding enquiry of cases against NRIs, in order to prevent undue harassment of NRIs by fake police complaints, so henceforth complaints will be investigated at the level of the Inspector General of the NRI cell. Many NRIs advocated that the investigation be conducted at the level of SSP of the concerned district so as to save time and energy of NRIs. The state government will now explore the feasibility of the suggestion. CM Badal also said as NRIs have to wait for long periods to get their cases resolved in the court, the state government will take steps to expedite the process of clearing the cases. He said NRIs are keen to be a partner in the development of their villages so the state government will take every step to facilitate them.