Hindustan Times (Jalandhar)

Give me a buzz if of­fi­cials seek bribe, Sidhu tells NRIs

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LUDHIANA: En­sur­ing a corruption free and pro-in­dus­try at­mos­phere in Punjab with a ded­i­cated sin­gle-win­dow sys­tem to fa­cil­i­tate non-res­i­dent In­di­ans (NRIs), Punjab lo­cal bodies, tourism and cul­tural af­fairs min­is­ter Navjot Singh Sidhu in­vited them to in­vest in the state.

Sidhu said cor­rupt bu­reau­crats are re­strain­ing NRIs from in­vest­ing in the state. “NRI in­vestors can file a com­plaint di­rectly on my mo­bile num­ber if any gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial de­mands bribe from them,” he said.

Sidhu, who was in the city on Tues­day to par­tic­i­pate in a two­day in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence at Gu­jran­wala Guru Nanak Khalsa Col­lege, claimed that the state gov­ern­ment would wel­come NRI in­vestors with open arms.

In an ap­peal to around twocrore Pun­jabi NRIs, the min­is­ter said the pre­vi­ous Akali-BJP gov­ern­ment has con­tin­u­ously ignored the NRIs dur­ing their ten­ure but this is not the case un­der the Congress gov­ern­ment.

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