The NRI Sabha Punjab office was formally inaugurated by the Governor of Punjab, His Excellency Lt. Gen. (Retd) B.K.N. Chhibber on 27.10.96. The Govt. of Punjab gave their approval to the constitution of NRI Sabha Punjab and for its registration on 5.3.98. Thus the Sabha was got registered as a society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 on March 20, 1998.
The Chief Minister of Punjab is its Chief Patron and he can nominate one or more Patrons of the Sabha. Accordingly, the Chief Minister Punjab has nominated S. Surjit Singh Rakhra, Ex-MLA and Jaswinder Singh Dhaliwal as Patrons of the Sabha. The Divisional Commissioner Jalandhar Division or the Commissioner NRI Affairs, as the Govt. deem fit, is the Chairman of NRI Sabha. The Divisional Commissioners in the State of Punjab are the Divisional Chairmen of the Sabha. The President of NRI Sabha is elected by the NRI Members after every 2 years. Only an ex-NRI not affiliated to any Political Party can stand for election of President. The Officers/Officials are appointed under the orders of President in consultation with the Chairman work in Central Sabha Office under the immediate supervision of President.
The Distt. Units of NRI Sabha are in existence in the Districts namely Jalandhar, Nawanshahr, Ludhiana, Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Tarn Taran, Hoshiarpur, Kapurthala, Ropar, Mohali, Moga, Sangrur &Barnala and Patiala. The DCs are the Chairmen of Distt. Units. The President of Distt. Unit is also elected after every 2 years with the condition where the strength of members of Distt. Unit is less than 100, the Distt. President is nominated by the DC-cum-Chairman without holding the election