In a major initiative, the newly elected NRI Sabha, Punjab president Jasvir Singh Gill has terminated 117 office bearers of overseas units since such appointments were made in blatant violation of the sabha’s constitution, it is learnt.
Gill, however, termed the same as a routine exercise. “I assumed the charge of president after getting elected to the post on January 27. Since the term of these office bearers was co-terminus with the tenure of the sabha president, it was decided to issue a formal order to terminate them,” Gill said, adding that none would represent sabha in foreign countries till the time fresh appointments would be made in consultation with the sabha chairman and the state government.
He preferred not to comment on “illegality” involved in appointment of these overseas appointees during the tenure of his predecessor Kamaljeet Singh Hayre.
On appointing international directors as per the sabha constitution, Gill said that he was under process to consult sabha chairman Anurag Verma in this regard.
“We will soon take requisite action to appoint international directors to further interests of the sabha in present scenario,” he quipped.
“We understand the need to constitute overseas units that too at the province level in every country so as to engage Punjabi diaspora in policy-making for development of the state. We are considering the provisions of the sabha constitution before forming such units in foreign countries. The consultations are in process at higher levels,” he quipped without elaborating further.