Kerala to press Centre to frame law for expatriates

The State government has also effectively initiated talks with the Sultan of Sharjah, which helped to free 149 expats from jail, Vijayan said.


Thursday (January 2): The Kerala government on today said it would press the Centre to frame necessary legislation to ensure the welfare of expatriates.

Inaugurating a conference being held as part of the second Loka Kerala Sabha (LKS), a platform of Non-Resident Keralites from 47 countries and 21 states, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan assured his government “will take up the matter of the legislation with the Centre”.

Attacking the BJP-led NDA government, Vijayan said there is no national policy or legislation for the welfare of expatriates despite the challenges and exploitation being faced by them and added the “insensitiveness” towards the NRI community is “quite unfortunate”.

Despite its limitations, the Kerala government had taken a lot of initiatives in this regard, he said adding the Centre does not have a system to support or provide information to those who wish to migrate to other countries, nor to ensure their safety, whereas the state government has initiated a pre-departure training.


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