Vayalar Ravi, union minister for overseas Indian affairs, on Wednesday hailed the initiatives taken by the Punjab government to solve the problems of non-resident Indians (NRIs) and hoped that other states would also follow the state's most comprehensive policy for NRIs, according to a state government spokesperson.
Ravi attended the state-specific session of Punjab on the concluding day of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas at Kochi, where principal secretary (NRI affairs) SS Channy explained to the union minister about initiatives taken by the Punjab government regarding NRIs.
According to the spokesperson, Ravi referred to Punjab's initiative of announcing the NRI Commission, headed by a retired high court judge, and other initiatives to find a lasting solution to NRIs' problems.
Channy also informed the minister about the decision on 10% quota for NRIs in residential and industrial estates, setting up of special judicial courts and three district courts and speedy disposal of cases of proclaimed offenders.
The spokesperson said Ravi was impressed with the privilege card for NRIs and said he would ask his ministry to study this initiative so that the card could be replicated on an all-India basis by his ministry. The union minister also interacted with inspector general (NRI affairs) Gurpreet Deo, who informed the minister about initiatives of the Punjab police to deal with issues concerning NRIs.