Welfare of returning expatriates, financial aid for IELTS/ OET addressed in Kerala Budget 2023

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Thiruvananthapuram: Finance minister KN Balagopal announced Rs 50 crore allocation for the welfare of the expatriates who return to Kerala, in the state budget 2023-24.

The state government has planned to ensure a maximum of 100 work days for each returning expatriate via the Norka Assistant and Mobilise Employment project. Rs 5 crore has been allotted in the budget for the project.

Minister informed that the state has been taking considerable efforts for the skill development projects to assure a livelihood for the expatriates who came back to their homeland. For this, the state has set aside Rs 84.6 crore under various schemes.

Rs 25 crore has been granted for the special projects focusing the rehabilitation of the expatriates.

The ‘Santhwanam’ project set up for ensuring financial support for the returned expatriates and the dependents of the expatriates who died from abroad will get Rs 33 crore in the upcoming fiscal year.

The scheme under Kerala Non-Resident Keralites Welfare Fund Board will receive Rs 15 crore.

Rs 60 crore has been allocated for Norka emergency ambulances in the airports.

Rs 2.5 cr was set aside for the expenditures of Loka Kerala Sabha. In addition to this, Rs 1 crore has been granted for establishing the Loka Kerala Centre in Mavelikkara.

Rs 2 crore has been allocated for Norka Shubh Yatra scheme which provides credit under low interest rate for the training of IELTS and OET examinations.

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