The Australian Foundation for NRIs (AFNRI) has demanded the constitution of special courts for NRIs to handle cases including those under the Rent Act, and review all cases of NRIs being declared proclaimed offenders, through the process of sending summons at local addresses where they have not been living for years. The AFNRI has also appealed to the chief minister of states such as Punjab to visit Australia for better and open engagement with the NRIs there and explore effective collaboration between Australia and such states.
Mr Gurpal Singh, an Australia-based barrister and solicitor said despite the best intentions of the Punjab government, the expatriates continue to face serious problems in finding resolution of property and other issues back home in a timely manner. According to him, it takes between 1-5+ years for an NRI to get his property vacated through the court intervention. Also declaring NRI suspects as proclaimed offenders, without confirming whether they have been living at the place in Punjab where summons are issued, is another major irritant.
Noting that NRIs from Punjab settled in Australia in particular, and other countries including Canada, USA, UK, Singapore, Malaysia, etc., find the assistance provided by the Indian consulates and embassies not significantly effective in the light of some important matters falling in domain of state government and state laws, which adds to the agony and delay in matters of concern, and calls for repeated visits to the consulates. Therefore, AFNRI has stressed for facilities in creating special mechanisms redressing their legitimate grievances.
AFNRI is a non-political organisation of Non-resident Indians settled in Australia.