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Punjab to have NRI court: Majithia

The Punjab government would soon launch its first ever judicial court dedicated to legal matters of the non-resident Indians (NRIs) in the state, Punjab NRI affairs minister Bikram Majithia announced at the 12th Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas in Delhi on Wednesday.

chandigarh Updated: Jan 08, 2014 22:10 IST
HT Correspondent

The Punjab government would soon launch its first ever judicial court dedicated to legal matters of the non-resident Indians (NRIs) in the state, Punjab NRI affairs minister Bikram Majithia announced at the 12th Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas in Delhi on Wednesday.


The state council of ministers would be taking a formal decision for the NRI court at its next cabinet meeting soon, he stated.

"The Punjab government has received the approval of the Punjab and Haryana high court in this regard," he added.

Such a step, he said, would fulfil the 50-year-old demand of the Punjabi NRIs who had been seeking fast-track courts for the matters related to them.

Expressing concern over the attacks on NRIs abroad, Majithia said it was imperative for the external affairs ministry to take up this issue strongly with the countries concerned.

Concerned over increasing attacks on Sikhs in particular in other countries due to confusion over their identity, Majithia said it was a serious issue that post 9/11 scenario the Sikhs were being attacked amid the confusion over their identity with the Muslims.

He regretted that despite repeated requests by the Punjab government, the UPA government at the Centre has "not taken any positive step in this direction".

He informed the NRIs on the occasion that Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal had recently launched a website - www.nripunjab.gov.in - providing information and linkages and also to conduct a complaint redressal mechanism.

The 24-hour Punjab Police helpline was also launched earlier this year for NRIs facing difficulties like encroachment of their properties, he added.