Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 5 (IANS) The Kerala government Thursday announced a number of measures for the welfare of the non-resident Keralites (NRKs), including free legal aid to those languishing in jails in the Middle East.
'The legal aid would be taken up through the state's agency Norka (Non-Resident Keralites Affairs Department), which looks after the welfare of the NRKs. It would be extended to all Keralites who are languishing in jails in the Middle East for no fault of theirs,' Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan, who also holds the NRK affairs portfolio, told the state assembly.
The government would extend a financial help of up to Rs.50,000 for the education of children of those NRKs with poor financial background who die outside India.
'We are also planning to hold a youth festival for the schoolchildren who are studying in the Middle East countries,' said Achuthanandan.
The festival might be held in this capital city, a senior official told IANS.
There are about two million people from this state settled outside the country with a large majority of them in the Middle East.