CANADIAN IMMIGRATION MINISTER SEEKS PUNJAB'S
TO CHECK ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
CHANDIGARH JANUARY 15, 2009
A high powered delegation led by Canadian Minister for Citizenship,
Immigration and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney today called on Punjab
Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal and sought cooperation from
the Punjab government to address the issues of fraudulent visa cases
that had created a major problem for both Canadian as well as Indian
Expressing concern over the issue, Mr. Badal assured the delegation
that Punjab Government would extent its fulsome support and cooperation
to evolve a permanent solution to curb this illegal practice. The
Chief Minister directed the State Chief Secretary to coordinate
with the visiting delegation and chalk out detailed modalities to
resolve this issue in a time bound manner. Mr. Badal was apprised
in the meeting that few owners of marriage palaces were involved
in arranging fake marriages in connivance with travel agents/immigration
consultants to provide photographs of marriage in support of proof
for the purpose of Canadian visa to illegal persons.
Taking part in the deliberations, Mr. Badal assured the visiting
Canadian Minister that State Government would take stringent action
against the erring travel agents involved in the exploitation of
women in getting them married with the persons intended to seek
Canadian Visa which ultimately result in broken marriages.
The other areas of interest taken up by the delegation included
diversification of agriculture, trade, education besides initiating
programmes to impart skill development training through technology
transfer to enable our youth to be gainfully employed in Canada.
Mr. Jason Kenney informed that Canadian Government was also keen
to seek help from the Punjab Government for setting up high schools
with certification from educational institutions of British Colombia
in Punjab. He also informed that the agriculture was another thrust
areas in which his government was also keen to work together with
Punjab for mutual benefits as Punjab had a proven track of agrarian
economy in India. He also offered to begin joint study/research
programmes to be undertaken in this regard to enhance the productivity
of agricultural crops both qualitatively and quantitatively besides
initiating steps towards diversification of agriculture which was
the need of the hour.
Assuring whole hearted support in the areas of bilateral interests
on behalf of the Punjab government, the Chief Minister offered to
provide the services of highly skilled technically youth to Canada
as per their requirements after all the requisite security and immigration
clearances. He said our vibrant young farmers had a knack of farming
in their blood as heritage profession and had already done marvels
in our state and still they had unbounded abilities and capabilities
to do wonders, which could be replicated in Canada too.
The other members of delegation included Param Gill, Tim Uppal
and Ed Fast (all MPs) and Director Alyhtihan Velshi. The meeting
was also attended by Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Mr.
D.S. Guru and Special Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr.