Finance-Law Minister K M Mani has said that the State Government is quite concerned about the economic and social welfare of Keralites returning home after ending their varying job stints in foreign countries and assured that adequate schemes would be charted out to address their needs.
The Kerala model, hailed all over the world, has a history of realisation on the strength of the sweat and toil of non-resident Keralites, he observed, while addressing the celebrations organised by the Indian Association of Al Quwain in connection with the UAE National Day.
A phenomenal increase in the number of students going abroad for higher studies from the state is recorded.
If career prospects and decent pay are ensured, such professionals can be located in the state itself, he said.
In many sectors, Kerala offers more pay to employees than one can draw abroad, the Minister noted and said that it had been estimated that 35.8 per cent of the Keralite expatriates were professionals.
‘’Unfortunately, discussions to retain the talent pool is not there in the country or in the state,’’ he said. NRK returnees should come forward to invest in the state’s IT, tourism, health and education sectors, Mani urged.