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Respond to NRI complaints, Punjab officials told

  Chandigarh, July 23, 2011: Punjab's Non-Resident Indian (NRI) Affairs Minister Balbir Singh Bath has asked officials to immediately respond to the grievances of NRIs.

The minister said in a statement that the state government had initiated many new steps for the welfare and security of NRIs.

"In order to safeguard their properties in Punjab, the East Punjab Rent Act has been amended empowering NRIs to get their property on rent vacated from tenants," Bath said.

He said all 20 districts in Punjab had separate revenue courts for NRIs for speedy disposal of their cases.

"Exclusive NRI police stations have been set up in six districts having predominant NRI population. One court for NRIs has been opened in Jalandhar in consultation with the Punjab and Haryana High Court," the minister said.

Punjab has thousands of NRIs, especially from the Doaba belt comprising Jalandhar, Nawanshehr, Hoshiarpur and Kapurthala, settled in countries like the US, Canada and Britain


  • July 07: Punjab Non-Resident Indian (NRI) Affairs Minister Captain Balbir Singh Bath, who met Union Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur here, also asked the central government to expedite the visa applications from PIOs in the US from his state and to clear the backlog


CHANDIGARH, JUNE 23: Capt Balbir Singh Bath, Defence Welfare Minister, Punjab has asked the team of retired officers to visit PPS Nabha and Sainik School Kaputhala to motivate the students to joint defence forces as the share in recruitment was dwindling day by day.. He has asked the officers of the department of Sainik Welfare to ensure timely disbursement of arrears and pension to the pensioners, besides improving the standards of the sainik rest houses in the state. He would be staying in the Sainik Rest Houses during his tours as a part of the surprise checks.


  This was stated by Capt Bath while presiding over a second preliminary meeting of the Governor's Core Advisory and Monitoring Committee held here today. The Committee reviewed the progress of issues raised in the previous Governor's Core Advisory and Monitoring Committee held on 4th August, 2010 under the chairmanship of Governor Punjab.

          During the meeting various issues including grant of family pension after the death of husband, difficulties faced by ex-servicemen in payment of arrears of 6th Pay Commission and their entitlement of monthly pension, abolition of VAT on CSD items, ceiling limit for marriage grant, grant of improved pension to war widows/widows and reservists, reservation of recruitment of ex-servicemen in Punjab Government, grant in lieu of 10 acre land to the war widows to the government of Punjab       and issue of tube well connection on priority to ESM and its implementation by electricity department were discussed.




Punjab Deputy Chief Minister S. Sukhbir Singh Badal said that Punjab Government would open a new NRI Suwidha Kender at Jalandhar to provide single window service to the NRIs for all Government related works.

Speaking on the occasion of taking over the charge by newly appointed Defence Services, Legal and Legislative Affairs, Pensions and Grievances Minister S. Balbir Singh Bath, Mr. Badal also appealed to the NRIs to invest liberally in the state for the prosperity of Punjab as well as welfare of Punjabis.
S. Badal said that the SAD-BJP Government under the dynamic leadership of Chief Minister, Punjab S. Parkash Singh Badal was committed to provide congenial atmosphere to NRIs to invest in educational, health, infrastructure, industry and other priority sectors.

He further said that NRI police stations have also been set up in six districts of the state for the prompt redresses of their grievances/complaints. The government has already been announced new investment friendly industrial policy for NRIs.
Speaking on the occasion, S. Balbir Singh Bath thanked Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal and Shiromani Akali Dal President and Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal for handing over him the responsibility of these departments and said that he would try to give best services to the people of Punjab.

On this occasion S. Nirmal Singh Kahlon Speaker Punjab Vidhan Sabha, S. Sewa Singh Sekhwan Education Minister, S. Adesh Partap Singh Karion Food & Supply Minister, Smt. Laxmi Kanta Chawla Health Minister, S. Parminder Singh Dhindsa PWD (B & R) Minister, S. Gurbachan Singh Babehali, Chairman Milkfed, S. Ravikaran Kalon Chairman PSTC, Senior Officers of the concerned departments besides political leaders, supporters, family members and relatives of the newly appointed minister were present.