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Punjab to enact 2 new laws for NRIs: Majithia

Posted on Dec 06, 07:28PM | UNI

The Punjab Government is all set to enact 'Compulsory Registration of Marriage Act' and 'Punjab Prevention of Human Smuggling Act' for the welfare of NRIs and the both acts would be passed in the ensuing Vidhan Sabha session.

Stating this in a high-level meeting, Minister for NRIs Affairs Bikram Singh Majithia said that to save the youngsters of the state from the illegal network of unauthorised travel agents, the newly formed 'Punjab Prevention of Human Smuggling Bill' would be produced in the ensuing Vidhan Sabha session.

He said that after enactment of the Act, the travel agents would have to register themselves with the competent authority of Punjab Government.

Punjab would be the first state in the country, which would introduce such a stringent law against the illegal practices of unauthorised travel agents and added that the new act would encourage the youngsters to go abroad through a proper and legal channel.

Informing about the second proposed law 'Compulsory Registration of Marriage Act', which would also be brought in the ensuing Vidhan Sabha session, the Minister said that this first of its own kind law would also tighten the noose of grooms against fraud marriages as it would be mandatory for NRIs to register their marriage with the Registrar of Marriages along with their full details of abroad and their address in India.

Mr Majithia, who is also holding the portfolio of Revenue, said that the Punjab Government was fully committed to resolving the long pending property disputes of NRIs and the state had taken several initiatives in this regard.

He said that fresh orders had also been issued to all the Revenue Courts to redress the cases pertaining to NRIs on priority basis to save the precious time and energy of NRIs.