Industrious, innovative and ever responsive to opportunities, the Keralites,
professional and technically skilled, are among the most enterprising
people in the world. Exploring the horizons of career opportunities, nearly
25,00,000 Keralites have emigrated to various countries. They contribute
their expertise and innovative skills to their states of domicile, bringing
in additional income to the motherland.
It is to ensure the welfare of these Non Resident Keralites, redress their
grievances and safeguard their rights that NORKA, the Non Resident Keralites
Affairs Department was set up by the Government of Kerala.
Ever since its origin NORKA has devised various schemes to help the NRK
at every step. The latest addition to NORKA’s activities is the
Non Resident keralite's Welfare Agency (NORKWA).
Assistance to stranded Keralites.
Complaints on non receipt of salary, accommodation etc.
Assistance in bringing the mortal remains of NRKs to Kerala, subject to
Complaints on illegal overseas recruitment agencies.
Enquiries on investment opportunities in Kerala.
Enquiries on Pravasi Suraksha Kudumba Arogya Scheme.
Grievances of Non Resident Keralite Housemaids and other non resident
women in distress..
Problems faced by the NRKs in State Government Departments.
Claiming of compensation and other benefits due from employers/Government.
PROPOSED ACTIVITIES OF THE NON-RESIDENT KERALITES’ WELFARE
Introduction of a pension fund for NRKs.
Rehabilitation of NRK returnees.
Skill upgradation training.
NORKA is the first Department of its kind in India. Other states like
Punjab, Andhra Pradesh and others have approached NORKA for guidelines
in the constitution of similar Departments.
In association with the Government of India, it has provided assistance
to the 5000 odd Non- Resident Keralites who overstayed in the UAE and
who were ousted, as a result of the new laws there.
* A quick survey was conducted in collaboration with the State Planning
Board on the Socio-Economic status of returnees.
* Special counters were opened to facilitate the smooth return of evicted
NRKs to the UAE by providing them with air tickets from AIR INDIA at reduced
* Assisted the 2000 odd NRKs who were repatriated from Saudi Arabia by
setting up assistance counter at the Mumbai airport along with the Malayalee
Associations in Mumbai and assisted them in reaching home in association
with Indian Railways.
* Launched an Insurance Scheme named Pravasi Suraksha for the NRKs living
abroad. It is the first scheme of its kind in India.
* Constituted an emergency repatriation fund for the repatriation of
stranded Keralite's abroad and for the transportation of mortal remains
* Prompt action is always taken to locate and repatriate stranded NRKs.
* Assisted those NRKs who have been newly appointed in Kerala Government
services, orders have been issued to extend their joining time by six
* Formed two department level committees - A Committee to check illegal
recruitment and a State level Awareness committee to check illegal recruitment.
* Speedy redressal of issues concerning NRKs living outside the state
but within the country.
* An Infrastructure Initiative Fund has been set up to facilitate NRK
investment in Infrastructure Development Projects.
* Initiated action to register the names of NRKs on their respective
ration cards at home from the year 2000. Directions have been issued to
that effect from the Food and Civil Supplies Department.