Chandigarh: A high-level committee on NRI affairs in Punjab will be set up to safeguard their interests, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal announced on Friday.
The committee will comprise five senior cabinet ministers and as many Punjabi NRIs as representatives to put in place a mechanism for speedy implementation of decisions taken at different forums relating to their overall welfare, he said.
Addressing the Punjabi Diaspora here after inaugurating a two-day Pravasi Punjabi Sammelan-2013, he said recommendations of the committee would be implemented in a time-bound manner.
Badal said the state government has enacted the Compulsory Registration of Marriages Act to check fraudulent and fake marriages and Human Trafficking/Smuggling Act and prevent the
illegal practice of sending innocent youth abroad by unscrupulous travel agents who show them greener pastures but ultimately dupe and dump them.
Besides, the state government has amended the Punjab Urban Rent Control Act to safeguard the property and ownership rights of the NRIs, he said. Badal announced setting up of a fast track court for NRI affairs in the state to ensure quick dispensation of justice to the NRIs, for which he has already given formal clearance.
He wooed prospective NRI investors and entrepreneurs to make huge investments in the state especially in industry and agro-processing sector. Badal assured them of all possible support to set up their ventures and business establishments here. He released multipurpose 'Non Resident Punjabi Privilege Card' which enables the NRIs to seek admissions for their wards in schools besides getting concessions on shopping in malls, for board and lodging in hotels and restaurants and for availing medical care facilities in some renowned hospitals.


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