8.33 lakh Keralites returned home jobless after Covid-19


M. K. Suresh

Soon, the number of NRKs who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic will cross the 10 lakh mark.

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Thiruvananthapuram: A whopping 8,33,550 Non Resident Keralites (NRK) have returned home jobless after Covid-19.

They are among the 25,02,334 people who have returned home from outside the state and country. Soon, the number of NRKs who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic will cross the 10 lakh mark.

According to statistics available with NORKA, 7,18,420 people have returned to Kerala from abroad after losing their jobs. Meanwhile, 1,15,130 people have returned home from other states after losing their jobs.

At present, the number of people returning home without passes is not available. There is an increase in the number of people who returned home after losing their jobs. Many more are waiting to return home.

NORKA to lend helping hand

NORKA will help NRKs who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic start self-employment projects. NORKA will help the NRKs avail emergency bank loans to the tune of Rs 30 lakh through NORKA Department Project for Return Emigrants (NDPREM).

The benefits can be availed by NRKs who returned home after working abroad for at least two years and companies, trusts or societies launched by such NRKs. 15 percent subsidy will be available for upto Rs 3 lakhs. Those who pay interest without any default will be given 3 percent reduction in interest for the first 4 years. The loans can be availed through 5,600 bank branches in Kerala.

For more details and registration log on to https://norkaroots.org/ndprem.

NORKA is also providing several assistance and welfare schemes for the benefit of NRKs.

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