Punjab Cong MLA Khaira to meet with NRI Community leaders in USA Los Angeles, Dec. 20, 2010
One month trip to cover 10-13 cities of USA
Gary Singh/ S. Singh
Sukhpal Singh Khaira, Punjab Cong MLA, arrived in New York on Dec. 21, 2010 for one month trip to meet NRI community in 10-12 major cities of USA. He further said that NRI community is spread across USA, therefore my tour is aimed to meet as many NRIs as possible while in USA. It is also pertinent to mention here that my own constituents from Bholath, Kapurthala are present in very large numbers in America.
It would be my endeavour to interact mainly with the Punjabi community to further understand closely their grievances, issues that the NRIs face while not only in the USA but even when they visit their homeland, India.
I am of the firm opinion that it is extremely important to involve NRIs in the rebuilding process of Punjab. Now that the UPA government has granted voting rights to NRI fraternity, it is highly imperative to involve NRI population in the mainstream polity of our own country and Punjab.
It is roughly estimated that more than five million Punjabi NRIs are spread all across the world. Therefore, considering the huge Punjabi population, we in India need to work closely with them.
As we are aware, the progressive NRI Punjabis have contributed greatly to enhance the beauty of Gurudwaras in Punjab besides promoting the sport of Kabbadi. It is high time now that we assure NRIs respectable and safe stay while in Punjab. If the assets and properties of NRIs are safe back home in Punjab, I am sure we can urge them to promote the dilapidated government education, health services and safe drinking water in over 12800 villages. We can also get massive investment from the NRIs to set up new industry provided we do away with red tapism, harassment at the hands of corrupt officials and give genuine single window clearance for their projects. Unfortunately, the SAD-BJP regime has failed to honour its commitment made to NRIs during the two conclaves held in Jallandhar and Chandigarh couple of years ago.
Honorable Punjabi community has arranged public meetings in all major cities of USA including, Washington DC, Chicago, Seattle, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Yuba City, Frezno, Houston, Phoenix etc during my one month visit. It would also be my endeavour to garner maximum political support for the Congress party for the ensuing 2012 assembly elections of Punjab.