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Rahul Gandhi lauds Role of NRIs

New Delhi:  A five-member delegation of Non-Resident Indians (NRIs), led by Shudh Parkash Singh, Chairman, Indian National Overseas Congress (INOC), USA, called on the Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi at his residence here earlier this week.

During the 30-minute meeting, Rahul Gandhi lauded the role of NRIs in development of Punjab and helping the Indian economy by repatriating billions of dollars back home.

The Congress Vice President agreed with many of the fresh suggestions made by the delegation to bring the NRI community into the mainstream of the Indian political and economic system. He assured the delegation that after consultations with the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, the party might make some major announcement for Punjabis living abroad.

The delegation apprised the Vice President of the activities of the Indian National Overseas Congress in USA.  Under the guidance of Dr. Karan Singh, we have expanded congress party base in USA and now there are more than 25 chapter and subchapters of INOC across USA.

Earlier in Chandigarh, the INOC delegation had also called on Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to discuss issues concerning the NRIs hailing from Punjab.  The Chief Minister reiterated his promise of giving high priority to issues related to NRIs. While touring Punjab, the delegation members had taken views of common people about the new Captain Amarinder Singh Administration. Punjabis in general are excited with many new initiatives taken by the Punjab Government. Shudh Prakash Singh said, “austerity measures and ending the VIP culture by Capt Amarinder Singh is exemplary. I am sure other parties in rest of the nation will follow lead of Capt Sahib.”

The delegation shared the positive feedback they had gathered from ground level in Punjab with Vice President Rahul Gandhi.

Soon after the late evening meeting with the Congress Vice President, Shudh Singh told the media outside Rahul Gandhi’s Tughlak Road residence "NRIs are particularly happy with the prompt action taken by Capt Amarinder Singh in the very first Cabinet meeting to resolve the most critical issue of the NRIs. The Punjab Cabinet had approved the decision to set up special courts to settle cases of properties belonging to NRIs. The court would reportedly settle the cases within 15 days.”

The Congress Vice President thanked the members of the INOC, who came from all over the world, to campaign in the recently concluded elections in Punjab where the Congress party returned to power with a thumping majority.

In appreciation of the efforts of NRIs, Rahul Gandhi acknowledged that NRIs should become part of the governments wherever the Congress Party is in power. This will encourage more NRIs to participate in the Indian political system and also help in the economic growth of the country.

Echoing the words of former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, the Congress Vice President felt that the billions of dollars remitted by NRIs have already helped the economy of Punjab and India. “The Congress Party should take the lead in recognizing these NRIs,” he added. 

Besides Chairman Shudh Parkash Singh, the INOC delegation comprised of Treasurer Vinit Nagpal and members of the executive Budh Singh, Desh Pal Singh and Shyla Singh.

Rahul Gandhi also personally congratulated US-born Shyla Singh, who has won the Junior Indian National Equestrian Championship.

It may be recalled that nearly 400 NRIs from the US, Canada, the UK, Germany, Italy and other countries arrived in Punjab to campaign in support of the Congress party for polling on February 4.

During the election campaign, the NRIs had met people across constituencies to the spread the Congress Party’s message to make voters aware of the Congress agenda of development and progress for Punjab.The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee has already acknowledged the valuable contribution of the NRIs in the party’s campaign.

The delegation also met Dr. Karan Singh, Chairman of the foreign affairs department of AICC.  In an hour long meeting, Dr. Karan Singh provided them new ideas and emphasized the need of even stronger coordination between INC & INOC to spread the word on achievements of the new government of Punjab.

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