Will seek NRIs' help for projects in rural segments of Punjab, says NRI Affairs Minister Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal : The Tribune India

Will seek NRIs' help for projects in rural segments of Punjab, says NRI Affairs Minister Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal

Will seek NRIs' help for projects in rural segments of Punjab, says NRI Affairs Minister Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal

Cabinet minister Kuldeep Dhaliwal in Jalandhar. Malkiat Singh



Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, March 30

Rural Development and Panchayats and NRI Affairs Minister Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal today held a meeting with the Block Development and Panchayat officials and asked them to create a database of the NRIs so that the department could get in touch with them to seek their support for projects in their native villages.

He said they would be asked to adopt village schools, hospitals and dispensaries. “We will ask them to contribute whatever amount they can like Rs 5 lakh or so on. We can even put up a stone in memory of their parents or family members along with the work they have sponsored,” he said.

The minister said the state government would establish four special courts in Amritsar, Ludhiana, Patiala and Bathinda for the cases pertaining to the NRIs. Dhaliwal asked the officials to start the exercise to get back the encroached panchayat land.

On the freezing of grants, he said: “The previous government had announced huge grants for villages at the fag end to win over the voters. We are just checking if the right amount had been doled out. Once all verification is done, we will release the grant again.” —

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