Loka Kerala Sabha: Expats should be the torchbearers to create more jobs, says Governor

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A moment from the inaugural of 3rd Loka Kerala Sabha

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan on Thursday evening inaugurated state government’s third edition of Loka Kerala Sabha, an event which was boycotted by UDF-led opposition. Khan during his inaugural speech appreciated the expats contribution in building the global reputation of the country. He urged the expats to become the torchbearers for creating more job opportunities in sectors like IT, tourism and electronics in Kerala.

He also appreciated their contribution to the development of the country and the state and the role played by them in facilitating the return of Indian students from war-torn Ukraine after Russia invaded that country.

Speaker M B Rajesh also spoke at the event and in his speech listed out the various steps taken to implement the decisions arrived at in the last two Loka Kerala Sabha meetings.

He said that there were standing committees in place in seven sectors, a women's cell in Norka Roots, a pravasi legal aid cell, Norka job portal as well as agreements with Japan, South Korea and the Netherlands with regard to employment opportunities there for Indian nationals, all of which were outcomes of the meetings of the Loka Kerala Sabha.

He claimed that expatriates have greatly benefited from the previous meetings of the Loka Kerala Sabha.

Meanwhile, UDF boycotted the event by citing the recent alleged police atrocities against its workers for protesting against Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in view of the allegations made against him by Swapna Suresh, a key accused in the gold smuggling through diplomatic bags case.

Another reason cited by the UDF for avoiding the Loka Kerala Sabha was lack of response from the government to the queries and suggestions of the Leader of Opposition in the state assembly V D Satheesan regarding the benefits, if any, to the expatriates from the last two meetings of the sabha held in 2018 and 2020.

The reasons for boycotting the event was communicated by senior Congress leader and UDF convenor M M Hassan while speaking to media here this evening after a meeting of UDF members.

He said that in the UDF meeting, among other things, it was decided to boycott the third edition of the Loka Kerala Sabha, a platform of Non-Resident Keralites from 47 countries and 21 states.

The Congress-led opposition had boycotted the last meeting of the Loka Kerala Sabha held in January 2020.

(With inputs from PTI)

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