It has been more than three years since the post of president of the NRI Sabha, Punjab, is lying vacant. With NRIs beginning to visit home, they have begun demanding that the elections be held by January next year.
It was in April 2015 that the last president, Jasvir Singh Shergill, got relieved from the post after completing his term. Ever since, the nearly 23,000 members of the sabha are eagerly waiting for the polls to be held.
Almost all the past presidents are keen on contesting for the lucrative post. They have been visiting the sabha office frequently, continuing to strengthen their relations with the visiting NRIs and helping them with works at government offices here.
Pritam Singh Narangpuri, who was the president of the sabha in 2004, said he would certainly contest. “I have met officials of the NRI Affairs Department and they have assured that the polls will be held in two months or so. So, I have started preparing for them too,” he maintained.
Sabha members have alleged that owing to the president’s post remaining vacant, even the IAS officials are misusing the machinery and funds of the body. Former president Shergill has alleged that an official car belonging to the NRI Sabha has been taken along by an officer to the next place of his posting.