Malayalis are the among the world’s most explorative people. They have traveled far and wide. 2.2 Million Malayalis are currently working abroad and among them some 90% are in the GCC countries. Though they have made the world their home, they remain Malayalis at heart. Their contribution to the development of the State is invaluable, and it is only fair that the State government must make a contribution in their lives too.
The Left Democratic Front in the state is committed to the welfare of Non Resident Keralites. The state budget of 2017 is a prime indicator of the Government’s earnestness. Rs. 0.61 Billion was allocated to NORKA, Kerala government’s entity for delivering services to Pravasi Malayalis. Another Rs. 0.13 Billion was allocated to Santhwana fund providing emergency compassionate help for pravasis in distress, and Rs. 60 Million was allocated to their welfare fund. Pravasi pension was increased four fold from Rs. 500 to Rs. 2000. (more…)
Honourable Prime Minister, respected Vice Chairman NITI Aayog, and fellow Chief Ministers, Ministers, senior officials and friends.
It is with immense happiness that I attend the meeting of NITI Aayog, which provides a platform on which the Centre and the States can exchange views on matters relating to both.
However, I do remember that the erstwhile Planning Commission which dealt with the issues of the states was really a forum for consultation, which to a certain extent stood apart with some sort of a true federal spirit. Let me take the liberty to not mince words in telling you that the NITI Aayog is in no way a real substitute for the erstwhile Planning Commission. It is rather unfortunate that the forum of polemics and debate gets shrunk day by day. Earlier we had fora like the National Development Council, Inter State Council etc. All these have almost become defunct now. The only forum left for raising the issues of the State is this one. That is why I said that I am happy to get associated with this, at the outset. (more…)
I would like to draw your kind attention to the recent unjustified hike in air ticket price for the Gulf sector, by the airlines, beginning with the onset of school vacation period and holiday season.
In the past three months, the average air ticket fare from Kerala to Middle East and other Gulf countries were ranging from INR 6000 to 12000 for one way and INR 16000 to 18000 for return journey. Low cost carriers like Air India Express, Indigo, Spice Jet and others had special day special flights to Gulf sectors with very low price ranging from INR 4000 to 6000 for one way and INR 7000 to 9000 for return journey.
But in the last few weeks there is a visible hike of almost 100 percent in the air ticket price of different airlines for the same sectors and that is a now major concern for majority of the non resident Keralites in the Gulf region who, as you are aware, are already facing difficulties on account of uncertainty to their jobs in a tightening job market. As you are also aware Kerala to Gulf region has been the most profitable route for the airlines. (more…)
NORKA ROOTS, a Government of Kerala enterprise under Non–Resident Keralites Affairs Department (NORKA) is the Government agency set up to exclusively address issues concerning Non – Resident Keralites abroad. NORKA ROOTS has also been functioning as a recruitment agency having recruitment license since 2006. Vide order no. F.OI-11012/10/2013-EP dated 12/03/2015 of Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, NORKA ROOTS is one of the entrusted state run agencies for recruitment of Indian nurses to 18 ECR countries NORKA ROOTS is also the only agency in Kerala State authorized by HRD, Government of India for attestation of educational certificates issued from Universities/ Boards/ Institutions in Kerala. NORKA ROOTS has been approved by Ministry of Health of Saudi Arabia as a recruitment agency for recruiting medical professionals from March 2017 onwards.
As you are aware large number of Keralites seeks employment abroad, particularly in Gulf countries and they account for a good position of foreign exchange remittances. (more…)