Ahead of the visit of Canadian prime minister, Punjabi-origin Canadian politician Ruby Dhalla has sought the intervention of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for early restoration of the Air India's Amritsar-Toronto flight and expediting clearance of international flights from Mohali airport for facilitating the non-resident Indians, especially Punjabis living in Canada and UK.
In a communiqué to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and union civil aviation minister Ajit Singh, Dhalla pleaded that many of the NRIs were facing difficulties due to the lack of direct flight between Amritsar and Toronto. "With more than 63% of passengers checking in at the Delhi airport belonging to Punjab, it is imperative for the government of India to facilitate their movement by starting more direct international flights from Amritsar and expedite clearance of international flights from the upcoming Mohali airport," Dhalla said. She brought to the notice of the PM that progress of the Mohali airport was quite slow and it needed to be expedited.
"Many from the Punjabi NRI diaspora in Canada and the UK have contacted me and raised the issue of lack of direct connectivity to Punjab. They want early restoration of flights from Canada and the UK to Amritsar," Dhalla said in a press release issued here.
Dhalla also raised the issue of fraudulent marriages by NRIs in which many innocent girls were left in lurch. She said that the Federal Act against fraudulent marriages be passed by the legislature to put an end to this heinous practice.
She also sought a dedicated website to highlight the names of the individuals committing these despicable acts with the hapless daughters of Punjab and also highlighted the need to empower these women with knowledge and skills they need to succeed. She also demanded a stringent legislation against illegal human trafficking at the earliest.
Ruby Dhalla was one of the first women of Indian origin elected to parliament outside India. She is a strong advocate of increasing economic, trade and cultural issues between Canada and India and has worked effectively to bridge the relationship between both nations.