To provide regular pension to Non Resident Keralites, the Kerala government will soon launch a ‘Pravasi Dividend Pension Scheme, Governor P. Sathasivam announced a day ahead of the 70th Republic Day.
It was announced during the Governor’s address to the Kerala State Assembly, as he said: “My government is committed to the welfare of millions of Pravasi Malayalis. The one-time payment of Rs 5 lakh will be deposited with KIIFB (Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board) for financing infrastructure projects.”
According to a survey conducted recently, there are 2.1 million migrants from Kerala across the world whose estimated total annual remittances to the state have been found to be Rs 85,092 crore. Of these, close to 90 percent are in the Middle East.
According to Kerala government’s plan, the State would set up a call centre with an international Toll Free Line to provide information, register complaints and details about action taken on various issues faced by the Non-ResidentIndians.
A comprehensive interactive portal will also be launched to provide information on job opportunities in various countries, online attestation and recruitment processes.
Governor Sathasivam during his address also said that the Loka Kerala Sabha (LKS) was established to use the expertise, talent and resources of NRIs from Kerala for the overall growth and development of the state.
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The LKS was supposed to offer a meaningful say to the NRI community in implementing schemes for building a new Kerala and the scheme proved to be a success, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan later told the media.
Kerala will soon have a “regional meet of LKS in the United Arab Emirates”, he added. .