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Kerala to propose Rs 2,000cr package to aid NRIs returning due to Covid

Kerala to propose Rs 2,000cr package to aid NRIs returning due to Covid

Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that his government will soon submit a Rs 2,000 crore proposal to the Centre for the rehabilitation of the NRIs who returned during the pandemic. The programme is for those who had to leave their jobs permanently.

He stated that the state government has marked Rs 50 crore in the 2021-2022 budget for the 12.57 lakh returnees who lost their jobs. "Numerous schemes are there for the returnees to start some productive ventures and it includes loans, interest subsidies and similar sops."

CM Vijayan pointed out that 17,51,852 people returned from abroad till October 26, 2021. Most of them came from the Middle East. He added that the Airport Authority of India's data shows that a total of 39,55,230 people have travelled through various airports from May 2020 to October 2021, reported IANS.

He told the Assembly on Wednesday that the new programme is in addition to the existing relief packages. He added that a sum of Rs 5,000 each has been given to 1,33,800 people who came back with a valid passport and a valid job visa but have not been able to return.

"We also gave Rs 10,000 each to 181 returnees who tested COVID-19 positive and Rs 1000 to 18,278 people who receive the diaspora pension."

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