Jalandhar: The state government may have plans of hosting an NRI Sammelan to solve the problems of those staying outside the country but it has not been able to implement some of the plans it has had for their development all this while due to bureaucratic hurdles.
The much propagated NRI Bhawan, which was to be constructed by the NRI Sabha near the office of divisional commissioner, Jalandhar, is one such project, the foundation stone for which was laid by the then chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh on July 19, 2002.
However, the land was transferred to the sabha only in the 2004 and it took three more years for the government to get the sale deed registered for the land in the name of the sabha.
Due to this delay in the transfer of land, work on the NRI Sabha project could not be initiated.
President of NRI Sabha, Giani Resham Singh, said the delay in transfer of land was caused mainly due to the obstacles created by certain bureaucrats who never wanted this project of the NRIs to become a reality.
He further alleged that certain bureaucrats tried everything so that registration of lease deed was not finalized but their manipulations could not work after the change of guard in the state.
"We have adequate funds and after getting the land we will try our best to complete the building soon," added Giani.
Meanwhile, the chairman of the sabha and the commissioner of NRI Department, Punjab, AS Chatwal also admitted that due to some problems the work on the building had been delayed.
However, he said now almost all the work was complete and the sabha had called for the proposals from various architects for the building. When asked whether it was an unplanned effort on part of the government he declined to comment