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Punjab to organise NRI sammelan from Jan 3 : Sukhbir

Posted on Oct 23, 08:01PM | UNI

The Punjab government is organising a three-day NRI sammelan from January 3, wherein it will announce a comprehensive package for NRI Punjabis settled in various countries.

The announcement was made by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal today while reviewing the department's work along with NRI Affairs Minister Bikram Singh Majithia.

The meeting decided to invite all leading NRIs, including former MPs, MLAs and councilors, for the convention.

The first two days would be held in Chandigarh, while the concluding session would be held at Jalandhar.

Expressing concern over illegal occupation of NRI properties in Punjab, Mr Badal asked Principal Secretary, NRI Affairs N S Kang to form a sub-committee with IG NRI Affairs for protection of NRI properties.

It was also decided to put a suggestive list of lawyers on web so that NRIs could engage their services.

Concerned over the rising number of illegal immigration and travel agents fleecing the innocent youth, Mr Badal said the Punjab government had already given its approval to the Human Trafficking Act and was awaiting the ascent of the Centre.

Taking serious note of increasing cases of fraudulent marriages by NRIs and leaving brides in lurch, he said that his government was also waiting the ascent of the Union government for compulsory registration of NRI marriages to check this menace.