Chandigarh: The Punjab government will bring two new laws for the welfare of Non-Resident Indians (NRIs), a minister said here on Thursday.
The new laws will be `Compulsory Registration of Marriage Act` and `Punjab Prevention of Human Smuggling Act`. Both legislations will be tabled in the forthcoming Assembly session beginning December 17, NRI Affairs Minister Bikram Singh Majithia said.
Majithia said the law to prevent human smuggling was aimed at saving youth from the state "from the illegal network of unauthorised travel agents".
He said that after enactment of the act, travel agents would have to register themselves with the competent authority of Punjab government. He said that Punjab would be the first state in the country to introduce a stringent law against the illegal practices of unauthorised travel agents.
He added that the new act would encourage youth to go abroad through proper and legal channels.
About the act for compulsory registrations of marriage, Majithia said that it would tighten the noose around grooms indulging in fraud marriages. He said that it would be mandatory for NRIs to register their marriage with the Registrar of Marriages along with their full details of their address abroad and in India.