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NRI ex-Minister urges immigration speed

Indo-Canadian Herb Dhaliwal, former Federal Minister of Canada, urges his government to simplify citizenship and immigration rules.

india Updated: Feb 21, 2006 11:13 IST

Stating that Canada urgently required labour workforce and semi-skilled professionals, former senior Federal Minister of Canada has requested the speeding up clearance of immigration cases.

Before returning to Canada after his ten day visit to India whose itinerary included his ancestral and maternal villages of Deengrian and Chaheru in Phagwara Block, Herb Dhaliwal told reporters yesterday that inordinate delays in clearing immigration was creating problems.

He agreed with the suggestion for simplified citizenship and immigration rules and said that a two to four year delay in clearing immigration cases was uncalled for.

The former minister said he had met the Canadian High Commissioner at New Delhi and discussed with him various issues, including the immigration cases clearance.

"I had also apprised him of the development projects that Canadians of Indian origin had undertaken in their native villages in Punjab," Dhaliwal said.

"One such project of underground sewage, water treatment and sanitation has been taken up in my own native village Deengrian, 15 km from Phagwara," he said.

He said he had also met Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal and Chief Secretary KR Lakhanpal who had assured them that government would give similar grants for as many villages the NRIs take for such projects.