Message from the IGP/NRI Affairs wingA dedicated Unit in the office of DGP Punjab specially for dealing with specific problems of Non Resident Indians was established in the year 2004. In the year 2008, six dedicated NRI Police Stations were notified in the State of Punjab in districts Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Moga, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar & Kapurthala. The complete revamping of the NRI Cell, subsequently rechristened NRI & Women Wing commenced in the year 2011 when the post of IGP/NRI was created so as to enable an improved monitoring of NRI issues in the State under a senior officer of IGP rank
Since then the NRI Cell has been actively working to ensure that Non Resident Indians having police related property and matrimonial issues in the state of Punjab are provided a One Stop forum for redressal of their grievances. In August 2013, the NRI Cell was upgraded to full-fledged NRI & Women Wing with dedicated police force to deal exclusively with NRI issues. The number of NRI Police Stations was increased to 15 in the current year from the original 6 in 2008. These 15 Police Stations, through a fresh Notification in 2013 have been given jurisdiction over the entire State. Simultaneously, IGP NRI & Women Wing is empowered to transfer any NRI related matter within the state to an officer of NRI & Women Wing, so that an independent inquiry can be conducted.
In the year 2012, NRI & Women Wing received 1200 complaints and in the succeeding year i.e. 2013 the number of complaints went up to 3500, thereby registering a 3 fold increase. The expected number of complaints in the NRI & Women Wing is predicted to reach 8000 by the end of the year 2014. The NRI & Women Wing has ensured justice in a number of cases where women have been victimised or Non Resident Indians have been cheated by spouses and their families for the sole purpose of immigration abroad. The Wing has also helped resolve property disputes and legal action has been taken in case of cheating/forgery or any other criminal offence.Non Resident Indians are welcome to contact the NRI & Women Wing at nripunjabpolice.com for online registration of their complaints and other information pertaining to the Wing.
(Ishwar Singh) IPS,
Inspector General of Police,
NRI Affairs, Punjab