Punjab Govt. follows other States for NRI invetment
Los Angeles, Jan 07, 2007
The State of Punjab has a large NRI population
consisting of both well placed professionals all over the
world and emigrant workers mostly in USA, Canada, and UK who
have contributed significantly to Punjab’s socio-economic
development. Most of the Punjabis realize that Govt. is not
helping for the investment.
Our survey in North America conclude that NRI
from Punjab are not very happy. More than 75% said, Punjab
is not getting any investment because of red tape of bureaucrats
and the problems related to land acquisition, power, roads
and infrastructure facilities.
In the past, most of the time, NRI punjabi individual
groups went to India for projects and came back without any
success. We don't need to disscuss here, why..? Very professionals
and entrepreneurs understand very well and make a comparsion
with Haryana, Andra Pardesh and recently Gujrat on Map. Recent
election, even great opposion, Mody won election because of
his lyality toward his motherland Gujrat.
This year, Punjab
Govt, looks serious and took steps by inviting NRI semmelan
in Chandigarh and Punjab. Chandigarh
and Jalandhar has been chosen in view of it being a prominent
historical, cultural and commercial city of Punjab as well
as a leading IT, bio-tech and high-tech destination.
On Jan 05, 2007, NRI semmelan
was held in Taj Hotel, Chandigarh and second day, on Jan 06,
in Jalandhar. On
Jan 07, 2007, Mr. Majithia, Minister of Information &
Public relations, arranged
a lunch with NRI punjabi media.
Look just a example of Sant Singh Chhatwal,
one of the leading hotelier of the USA, he was ready
to spend Rs 1,500 crore to Rs 2,000 crore in hotel industry
in Punjab provided he was not made to wait along the corridors
of bureaucrats. He said, “I have a cheque book
in my pocket and prepared to invest right now but
the government should provide a right atmosphere for the same
President Kehar Singh Gill and general secretary Inderpal
Singh Athwal, who have led a 150-member delegation from Canada
to the Punjabi NRI sammelan being held on January 5 and 6
here, said, "The NRI sabha formed to assist the NRIs
has failed in achieving any significant results owing to mismanagement
and the functioning of the organisations was far from being
transparent or satisfactory."
NRI legislator Jassi Khangura, Qila Raipur MLA in the Punjab
Vidhan Sabha has asked the government to deal with NRI problems
with earnestness. He made strong appeal to the ruling SAD-BJP,
“Please don’t turn the forthcoming Punjabi NRI
sammelan to be held at Chandigarh and Jalandhar on January
5 and 6 into a sweet-talking shop, oblivious of the needs
of the NRI community.”
Now, SAD-BJP Govt. must not forget, this sammelan was attended
by highly educated entrepreneurs and NRI political leaders
of North America and UK, they require a result of this sammelan.