Punjab govt set to pass NRI Property Safeguards Act, claims official

Tackling the real estate issues involving non-resident Indians (NRIs), the Punjab government is set to bring the NRI Property Safeguards Act within three months to solve problems of those residing overseas in an effective, quick and transparent manner, an official said.

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh announcing the 'Connect to your Roots' programme in London.
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh announcing the 'Connect with your Roots' programme in London. Photo courtesy: Twitter

The government is also mulling creating the Institution of Ombudsman for resolving issues of NRIs, Punjab NRI Affairs principal secretary SR Ladhar said.

He said that if implemented, the body would solve issues of NRIs on a fast-track basis. On the new NRI Property Safeguards Act, Ladhar said that its draft has been sent to Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, who also holds the portfolio of NRI Affairs.

"The government will bring the Act within three months for solving problems of NRIs in an effective, quick and transparent way," he said, adding that it would provide for time-bound solutions of NRI property disputes. "District authorities will be given three months for addressing property issues of NRIs. If they don't resolve it in the stipulated time, then a state-level appellate body will hear the appeal and resolve the matter within three months.”

"If the dispute persists, then the matter can be taken to the high court," Ladhar said.

He said that civil suits, marital matters, domestic issues and other NRI affairs would be addressed by the proposed Ombusdman, who would likely be a retired judge of a high court.

Ladhar said that he would meet the chief minister on November 30 for discussing NRI issues, including the overdue election of the Punjab NRI Sabha.

Tushaar Kuthiala
Tushaar Kuthiala – Associate Editor

Tushaar has extensive experience as a journalist and in founding two start-up newspapers. He has developed editorial models for both copy and content, and has written several articles, news reports on a wide range of topics. He is a graduate of St. Stephen’s College and earned a post-graduate diploma in TV Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism (ACJ), Chennai. He has worked as a special correspondent based in New Delhi with Daily World, an international media organisation. 


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