No proper data on number of expatriate Malayalis who died of Covid

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Chavakkad: Department of Non Resident Keralites Affairs (NORKA) has not yet provided proper data about the number of expatriate Malayalis who died of Covid. According to the data provided by the department, 17 lakh people have returned to Kerala from May 2020 onwards. Of this, only 1,60,000 people have received financial aid from the government.

The information was received in reply to the letter written to the NORKA CEO by Dubai Indian Cultural and Arts Society (INCAS) state secretary C Sadiq Ali. As per the data, 1,33,800 people, who were unable to return abroad during the lockdown, were given Rs 5,000 each. Rs 66.9 crore was spent for this purpose.

NORKA said that the disbursement of aid was stopped after international airports started working normally.

Dubai INCAS said the reply for the letter seeking the number of expatriates who died of Covid was not satisfactory.

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