The Punjab state government has mooted a proposal to increase the number of fast-track NRI courts in the state. According to the Tribune report, the department aims to set up five more such courts in Bathinda, Nawanshahr, Patiala, Hoshiarpur and Mogare.
At present, Punjab has only one NRI-designated court in Jalandhar.
After discussing the matter with the administrative committee of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the Department of Home Affairs and Justice has been asked to start the NRI courts.
Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal, NRI Affairs Minister, stated nearly 2,500 cases related to the NRIs were pending.
“Under the new NRI policy that is in works, efforts are being made to help NRIs in every possible manner. The mechanism for time-bound redressal of complaints with the help of an NRI commission is being worked out. The government is at the final stage of formulating a feedback-based NRI policy,” said Dhaliwal.
The department is reportedly compiling the data of NRI-related revenue cases with Commissioners, DCs, ADCs and SDMs to review their progress and monitor the matters on a monthly basis.
A senior officer will be appointed in each district as a nodal officer to deal with the grievances of the NRIs. Even in Delhi, a nodal officer will be nominated for such a purpose.
“An economic wing will be operational in the NRI Affairs Department. It will assist visiting NRIs in their works related to banks, remittances, tax, and property registration (reverse mortgages, succession issues, issues related to the Punjab Urban Rent Control Act, Punjab Security of Land Tenures Act and Pepsu Agricultural Amendment Act, 2013) and other financial matters,” added Dhaliwal.