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International Family Law

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22 MAY 2012

India - Punjab state commission for NRIs – an adventurous agenda

Anil Malhotra

It is reported that on 8 October, the Punjab Legislative Assembly amidst pandemonium passed 11 Bills without any discussion. Resultantly, the Punjab State Commission for NRIs Act 2011 stands enacted with a stated whopping Rs.50 lac per annum salary expense of employees of the five member NRI Commission.

Come September, our migrated Indian brethren living overseas descend on Indian soil to reconnect with their roots. This year, there is a role reversal. With Punjab going to the hustings in 2012, Ministers in waiting and poll managers have flown in advance to UK, USA and Canada to lobby for support and seek green backs. Indigenous vote banks in rural belts in Punjab are immensely influenced by the provocative thinking of philanthropic cash, rich prosperous NRIs in the matter of casting the ballot back home. This is regardless of the fact that only a 38 miniscule number of NRI voters have actually registered themselves for casting votes now allowed only by physical presence in Punjab. For wooing vote banks, the hard sell is who can devise the best mechanism for resolving the NRI problems in Punjab. This advertisement plank fuels innovative and ingenious ideas to strike emotional chords and open the threads of transatlantic NRI purse strings.

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