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Sukhbir announces 10% housing quota for NRIs

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, April 05, 2013
First Published: 14:01 IST(5/4/2013) | Last Updated: 21:29 IST(5/4/2013)

Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal today announced 10 per cent quota of projects and plots in the state for NRIs.

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Sukhbir said that the state government has evolved a comprehensive plan to make NRIs equal partner in the industrial progress of the state and the new Industrial Investment Policy, Real Estate Policy would have 10% quota of projects and plots for the Punjabi Diaspora.

Accompanied by NRI affairs minister Bikram Singh Majithia, he reviewed the implementation of promises made to the NRIs in the two day NRI Sammellan held at Chandigarh and Jalandhar in January and said that he was satisfied that all departments of the Punjab government have worked unitedly to fulfill most of the promises made to NRIs.

He said that on the persisting demand of Punjabi Diaspora keen to invest in the state, the new Industrial Investment Policy being notified by the government would have 10 percent quota in Industrial plots for them.

Similarly, all new colonies of PUDA, GMADA and other Urban Development Agencies would also have 10 % quota in residential plots for NRIs.
 
Majithia informed the deputy chief minister that Punjab government has taken a path breaking decision, in which an NRI can get tenant evicted from multiple properties, multiple times.

He said that earlier he was allowed only once for a single property. He informed that similar amendment was also been effected for Rural Properties also.
 
Meeting the long pending demands of NRIs to guard their properties in Punjab, Majithia informed Sukhbir that a Punjab Government Undertaking PESCO would supply professionally trained ex-servicemen guards for this purpose on a nominal payment. He said that NRIs on visit to Punjab can also seek deployment of PESCO guards for personal security.
 
It was informed in the meeting that three more NRI Police Stations have been opened in NRI dominant districts including Amritsar taking the total of such police stations to 9. He said that instructions have already been issue to seek approval of DSP before registering any FIR against NRI to check bogus complaints.

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