Chandigarh: Punjab Governor and Administrator of Chandigarh (UT), Gen. (Retd.) S.F. Rodrigues, has called upon NRIs to share their expertise and knowledge with the country in different fields of endeavour.
“India is on the fast track and its further advancement is attracting favourable attention from all quarters. Your active involvement with zeal and commitment, your professional expertise and broad vision can give a major boost to our endeavours,” he said.
Inaugurating the conference on Indian Diaspora : Migration and Development with focus on the State of Punjab in Chandigarh on 14 January, Gen Rodrigues said that the century belongs to India and that it has emerged as one of the major global players with a vast pool of knowledge workers and professionals. He said that India had the potential, relevant technology, manufacturing capacity, marketing infrastructure and a 300 million workforce to be a source for meeting the world’s needs.
The World is looking towards India for meeting the needs of both skilled and un-skilled workforce, he said.
The Governor complemented the NRIs who despite hostile environments in other countries had made their mark and achieved excellence in different fields of activity.
He emphasized that the NRIs must come forward with partnerships for rejuvenating the system and restructuring India’s strategies suiting international requirements.
Expressing his concern over the increase in illegal immigration from India to other countries, Gen Rodrigues said that there was a need for institutionalizing the system involving the flow of workforce to other countries through legal modes.
He stressed that an effective system must be evolved to generate awareness among our people to follow right course to go abroad, following proper procedures and guidelines.
Gen Rodrigues said that there was a major scope for participation by NRIs in the developmental process and economic growth of the region by making investments in different fields of the economy.
He lauded the efforts of the Punjab Government for taking initiatives for attracting investments and protecting interests and rights of NRIs.
D.S. Saroya, additional secretary to the Government of Punjab, while speaking on the occasion said that the State Government had taken various initiatives for strengthening partnership for the socio-economic development of Punjab and confidence building among the NRIs.
These steps included setting up of NRIs Police Station in six districts of Punjab, putting all revenue records on website, two fast track courts at Jalandhar and Ludhiana and Punjabi English language programmes.
He said that to redress complaints and problems pertaining to NRIs, deputy commissioners in the State have been notified as deputy commissioner - NRI Affairs in their respective areas.