Saturday, August 1, 2009

NRIs welcome Governor's move on special cell

CHANDIGARH: After announcement of formation of special wing to deal with property disputes pertaining to non-resident Indians (NRIs), city-based NRIs have welcomed the UT governor’s decision and hoped the authorities would now pay heed to their grievances.

Talking to TOI, an NRI couple Amarjit Singh Atwal and his wife Baljeet Kaur said since August 30 last year, they had been running from pillar to post for justice as one portion of their house in Sector-10 is in possession of another person and he wants them to vacate their own portion. The NRI couple is settled in England.

Atwal said the house was purchased by his father and in March 2009, his father and brother had sold their share to another person. Baljeet Kaur, wife of Amarjit Singh, said, “We arrived in India on August 30 and since then, the owner of the lower portion has been harassing us for the portion to be vacated.”

The couple has been filing numerous complaints in police station Sector-3 but every time, cops take preventive action. “As the case is a property dispute, we can’t interfere in the matter. Seeking legal remedy remains the resort then,” said a senior officer from Sector-3 police station. Meanwhile, the couple has filed a complaint with the UT governor in the hope of justice. President of NRI Sabha Punjab Kamaljeet Singh Hayre said, “There are more than 100 complaints of non-resident Indians (NRIs) belonging to Chandigarh which are pending with NRI Sabha Punjab and with this decision, we can hope these would be solved shortly”.

Hayre said a delegation of the NRI Sabha would meet the governor shortly and the Sabha management has decided to start a chapter of NRI Sabha for NRIs belonging to the UT.

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