Thursday, September 3, 2009

NRI cell goes beyond property issues Assetventures

CHANDIGARH: The NRI cell, a landmark initiative of UT administration to redress property disputes, will have to expand its ambit to take care of
many other concerns of those who may have left the country for greener pastures but still look back with hope for solutions to their problems. Ever since its doors were thrown open on August 15, the makeshift centre in the Estate Office has received over 35 complaints ranging from issues of land, finance and matrimony.

“The cell was primarily constituted to deal with property dispute cases but now, going by the complaints, it seems that NRIs want to seek help for all their problems, including financial and matrimonial ones,” said home secretary Ram Niwas

The brainchild of UT administrator Gen (retd) SF Rodrigues, the cell was set up after an NRI from Chandigarh alleged that his shop-cum-flat was sold out on a fake power of attorney. “Since it’s difficult to settle things by sitting far away in a different country, disputes linger on for years. The fact that the cell is overseen by top UT officials has assured NRIs that their matter will be pursued seriously. However, one key trigger for marriage-related problems is the delay in visa for brides as well as grooms,” said Niwas.

With all issues to be handled by a committee headed by retired justice Amar Dutt and consisting of the SSP, UT senior standing counsel, a representative of NRIs and a legal luminary to be co-opted by the committee, for the time being, the administration plans to hear out complaints at UT guest house.

“The objective of the cell is to protect rights of NRIs. The process of lodging a complaint with the cell is also simple as they can either send an email at or call on 0172-2700218,” said an official.

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