Chandigarh, June 8, 2019 (Yes Punjab News)
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) General Secretary (Incharge Youth Wing) Bikram Singh Majithia today announced the Youth Akali Dal (YAD) would meet all expenses, including return tickets, to bring the seven Punjabi youth stranded in Iraq back to their homeland.
Addressing a press conference here along with family members of the stranded youth, Mr Majithia announced the YAD would also provide legal aid to the stranded youth to ensure their safe and hassle free return. He said a YAD delegation would also meet the External Affairs minister in this regard.
Mr Majithia, who was accompanied with Phillaur legislator Baldev Khaira, also demanded comprehensive action against all the travel agents and touts who had duped the parents of the seven youth.
He said a case had been registered against only two persons while the parents of the youth had named two other persons and also given evidence of money handed over to the agents to send their wards abroad.
“It is shameful that the police dragged their feet to register a case on one complaint even as no case had been registered on another complaint filed by aggrieved family members of the youth. He said no representative of the Congress government or any legislator or minister
had visited the affected families till now and no one had come forward to help them in their dire need. I am grateful to the YAD cadre for rising to the occasion and helping their distressed brothers”, he added.
The YAD Incharge also announced that the SAD would establish a helpline to help distressed NRIs across the world. “We will be releasing the helpline number soon. NRIs can approach the party for resolving any difficulty being faced by them and we will do our best to address it”.
He also demanded that the government come out with an online complaint registration system to help NRIs duped by travel agents. “This has become a serious issue. The Congress government should take immediate steps to check frauds being committed on people in the name of sending their wards abroad”.
Meanwhile speaking on the behalf of the victim families – Satnam Lal, who is the father of Amandeep, who is stranded in Irbil in Iraq along with Randeep, Saurav, Sandeep, Komoljot, Baljit Singh and Prabhjot Singh, thanked the YAD for coming to the aid of their wards. Satnam said no one from the ruling Congress dispensation, including any district or even block level officer, had come to listen to their plight.
Others present on the occasion included Muktsar legislator Kanwarjit Singh Rozy Barkandi, YAD Malwa Zone one President Parambans Singh Bunty Romana and YAD Secretary General Sarabjot Singh Sahbi.