Kerala legislators address grievances of expatriates

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Kerala legislators address grievances of expatriates
His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, being welcomed by businessman Yusuffali M.A. at his home in Kochi, Kerala, India, on Wednesday. The Sharjah Ruler was in Kerala on a four-day visit following an invitation extended to him by Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister of Kerala.

Abu Dhabi - The minister hailed the visit of Sheikh Sultan and lauded the amnesty announced by the Sharjah Ruler for convicts.

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Ashwani Kumar

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Published: Thu 28 Sep 2017, 1:49 PM

Last updated: Thu 28 Sep 2017, 3:53 PM

The week has seen a paradigm shift in the UAE-Kerala paradigm shift in the UAE-Kerala relations. While His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, visited the south Indian state, a cabinet minister and eight Kerala legislators were in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday evening.
The Kerala delegation, arguably the biggest-ever to visit the UAE, addressed grievances of the expats, which ranged from repatriation of dead bodies, soaring air fares, admission to educational institutions and issues with Aadhaar card among others, at the Indian Social and Cultural Centre.
Kerala minister AK Balan, who led the delegation, listed many welfare schemes started by the state government for the NRKs, including Karunya meant for the repatriation of dead bodies, distress relief fund for the needy, pension schemes and the like.
"There are many schemes but I believe, there's need for more awareness towards schemes under Norka-Roots," Balan said.
The minister hailed the visit of Sheikh Sultan and lauded the amnesty announced by the Sharjah Ruler for convicts.
"Such gestures are highly appreciated and will further strengthen the bonds between the two countries. Keralites will always remember such magnanimous steps," he added.
Members of legislative assembly Veena George, A Pradeepkumar, Chittayam Gopakumar, KB Ganesh Kumar, Sunny Joseph, VP Sajeendran, M Ummer and K Krishnankutty were all ears to the issues and promised timely action.
The visit by politicians came as part of a parliamentary study group. The minister asked the ISC members to present minutes of the entire event as an official document that could be taken up with state Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
Indian Embassy first secretary (Community Affairs) Dinesh Kumar, ISC president Joy Thomas John and heads of other organisations attended the event, which was moderated by ISC vice-president Jayachandran Nair.
ashwani@khaleejtimes.com
 
 

Malayalam Mission branch in Dubai
The Kerala delegation is promoting the Malayalam Mission project, which is an initiative by the state government to teach non-resident Keralites their mother tongue. Through this mission, the Kerala government is urging the NRKs to learn the language and its culture.
And the UAE chapter of Malayalam Mission was opened in Dubai on Wednesday. The delegation led by Kerala minister AK Balan inaugurated the UAE branch at the Indian Consulate in Dubai.
The delegation has covered the UK before and will be off to other Gulf States to spread the word about the Mission and address the issues of expats there.







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