Punjab Minister offers free legal aid to students facing deportation from Canada

Free legal aid aside, Punjab's NRI Affairs Minister also issued instructions to scrutinise the documents of travel and immigration agencies

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Punjab NRI Affairs Minister Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal on June 8 said the state government will provide free legal aid to 700 students facing deportation from Canada.

Most of these students belong to Punjab and they will provided free legal aid by lawyers who are experts in immigration laws in Canada. Besides, Dhaliwal has written a letter to all MPs of Punjab origin in Canada to solve the issues of these students so that the future of the children can be secured.

Presiding over a meeting with civil and police officers associated with the NRI Department, Dhaliwal issued instructions to all Deputy Commissioners and the SSPs to scrutinise the documents of travel agents and immigration agencies and send a report by July 10.

He expressed concern that many travel agents are running immigration agencies illegally.

Dhaliwal said Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann has already given clear instructions to improve the system. He said if the system would be transparent and clean, then there will be less scope for human trafficking by illegal travel and immigration agencies.

He said a special campaign against fake travel agents and immigration agencies would soon be launched in Punjab.

The minister said in the past 10 years, if any immigrant Punjabi has been deliberately implicated in a wrong case, it should be brought to their attention. Such cases will be investigated and justice will be given to the victim.

Taking an exclusive initiative, this time NRI meetings will be held for the first time in those villages whose immigrants have done good work in their villages or earned the name at the national or international level.

Dhaliwal said the NRI meetings to be held at the district level from July 15 to August 30. He invited all non-resident Punjabis to bring their problems during NRI meetings and efforts will be made to solve every problem on the spot.

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