This post was originally published on 20 December 2016.
Ramesh Chennithala, Opposition leader in the Kerala Assembly, on Saturday sought the state government’s immediate intervention in addressing issues faced by Non-Resident Keralites (NRKs), returning in large numbers after losing their jobs owing to the localisation policy in Gulf countries.
In a letter to chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Chennithala alleged that various welfare programmes taken up by the state government for NRKs had come to a halt in the last six months.
“A large number of expatriates are returning home after losing jobs due to the crisis in Gulf countries. We have recognised the vital contributions of expatriates to the state’s economy. So the chief minister should immediately intervene into their issues and find solutions,” he said.
Though a state NRI Commission was formed during the previous UDF government for the welfare of people, the present government is yet to provide any basic facility for it to begin function, he added.
It was believed that the Commission would work toward providing relief to NRKs who return to their home state after losing their jobs.
But it is yet to start full-fledged function as neither office facility nor staffs were provided, he said.