A major problem faced by Pravasis is the steep increase in airfare during peak seasons. Norka Roots has formulated a solution for this problem. The discount scheme has been launched in partnership with Oman Air. Through this scheme, Pravasis who have Norka id cards and their family members can avail 7% discount in airfares. Negotiations are progressing with Emirates, Kuwait and Qatar airlines. We are expecting to reach an agreement with Qatar airlines soon.
Government is also giving priority to bring back those who are stranded abroad. 300 Keralites were brought back to the State during the 2018 visa amnesty programme in UAE. The ‘Swapna Saphalyam’ scheme is helping to bring back expatriates stranded in foreign countries after serving time in prison for minor and unintentional offences. The process of appointing legal liaison officers through the Pravasi legal aid cell is also in its last stages. Norka Roots has also started an emergency ambulance service for Pravasis in partnership with IMA.