NRI Sabha Punjab presidential election on January 5 next year, confirms state minister
The chief minister of the state, Bhagwant Singh Mann, reportedly took the decision as members of the Indian diaspora generally visit the country in December and stay till March.
Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Singh Mann (ANI Photo)
ELECTIONS to appoint the president of the NRI Sabha Punjab will take place on January 5 next year, the northern Indian state’s NRI affairs minister Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal said on Sunday (24).
According to him, the chief minister of the state, Bhagwant Singh Mann, took the decision to hold the polls early next year as most people of the Indian diaspora visit the country in December and stay till March.
The NRI Sabha, which the minister said works as an agency of the Punjab government to ensure the welfare of the Indian diaspora, redress grievances of migrant Punjabis and safeguard their rights and properties.
Dhaliwal also said the term of the president of the body had ended last March. The president of the sabha is elected by members of the Indian diaspora every two years.
The NRI Punjab Sabha, which has as its chief patron the state’s chief minister, is registered under the Societies Registration Act 1860 with the approval of the state government.
The state NRI commissioner of Punjab’s Jalandhar division is the sabha’s chairperson of the sabha. Deputy commissioners are the chairpersons of the sabha’s district units.
The NRI Sabha Punjab was inaugurated by the former governor of the state, BKN Chhibber, in October 1996.