Punjab govt. to set up help desk for Canadian NRI investors


The government of the Indian State of Punjab has announced plans to set up a dedicated help desk facility for Non-Resident Indians (NRIs), especially those residing in Canada, desirous of investing in the State. The directive was issued after a meeting between Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh and members of Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce.

In this connection, Captain Amarinder Singh directed Rakesh Verma, Secretary, Industries and Commerce–cum-CEO Invest Punjab, to explore the possibility of setting up a dedicated help desk to facilitate Indians settled abroad, especially those in Canada, who wanted to invest in Punjab.

Citing the government’s ‘Connect with Your Roots’ programme, which he launched during his UK visit in September last year, Captain Amarinder said that this programme would go a long way to help connect youngsters, especially the third generation, who had roots here in Punjab. It was an excellent forum to apprise them of the state’s glorious heritage, cultural legacy and rich traditions, he said, adding that a similar program should also be initiated for the youth whose parents/grandparents had immigrated to Canada from Punjab.

Assuring the chief minister of their support, the visiting Canadian delegation led by Kanwar Dhanjal said as the sons and daughters of the Indian soil, it was their moral duty to contribute towards the growth of Punjab.

Dhanjal apprised the chief minister of the Canadian technology for converting paddy straw into plywood, which would not only help the state tackle stubble burning but also help supplement farmers income.