Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Friday ordered the home department to make a special policy to deal with the speedy reddressal of cases pertaining to non-residential Indians (NRI) in which they have been declared proclaimed offenders (POs) for minor disputes.
Badal was addressing the gathering at the second Sangat Darshan organied shere.
The decision was taken after secretary home, Jagpal Sandhu pointed out that more than 700 NRIs from Punjab were not visiting the state citing police action.
"I have received similar reports since NRIs who have been declared POs fear police action even as the cases against them are very small. Punjab government would soon come out with a policy over the issue after minute observation of all cases," the chief minister said.
Badal also exhorted the Punjabi diaspora to establish NRI schools across the state for connecting their future generations with their roots and glorious legacy of the state.
Addressing gathering here during the second NRI Sangat Darshan here, the Chief Minister said that through their sheer hard work and dedication the Punjabi NRIs had proved their mettle across the globe.
However, he said that the younger generations were somewhat detached from the land of their forefathers and to reverse this trend all efforts should be made in this direction.
The CM said that these schools should be built exclusively for the NRI students and should be run by the management comprising of NRIs. He said that the standard of these schools should be at par with foreign schools. "The NRI students must study in these schools for at least five years, so that they could be acquainted with the rich cultural heritage of their parental land", added Badal.
Meanwhile the Sangat Darshan for NRIs failed to elicit the expected response as only 226 NRIs hailing from Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Hoshiarpur, Pathankot, Gurdaspur, Tarn Taran and Amritsar districts attended the meet.
Out of 234 complaints filed by the NRIs, 146 were pertained to civil works and 88 to the police department. Most of complainants accused the state government for befooling them on the pretext of holding such programs as they were from pillar to post for justice in government offices.
Complaints of many NRIs brought major embarrassment to the administration as some NRIs accused the district officials of being corrupt and biased against them.
In response, Badal said that there were only two or three such cases. "We have ensured the NRIs that their interests would be protected at any cost," said the CM.