Big boost for NRK wel­fare scheme

Gulf News - - Nation -

With Pravasi Le­gal Aid Cell (PLAC), the Keral gov­ern­ment is fur­ther boost­ing the wel­fare mea­sures ex­tended to NRKs, Harikr­ish­nan Nam­boothiri, CEO of Norka Roots, said.

“We have plans to strengthen our other schemes for NRKs like Karun­yam and San­th­wana. We will be cre­at­ing more aware­ness about them.”

The Karun­yam scheme ex­tends fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to le­gal heirs of NRKs for repa­tri­a­tion of dead bod­ies in ex­cep­tional cases of ex­treme fi­nan­cial dis­tress. An amount of Rs50,000 (Dh2,577) will be re­funded to the be­reaved fam­ily for repa­tri­a­tion from abroad and Rs15,000 (Dh773) from other In­dian states.

The San­th­wana scheme of­fers fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to NRKs who have re­turned home in dis­tress or their de­pen­dent fam­ily mem­bers.

Nam­boothiri said the gov­ern­ment has dis­bursed al­most Rs150 mil­lion (Dh77.3 mil­lion) un­der this scheme.

In July, the gov­ern­ment had also launched a free am­bu­lance ser­vice to trans­port the bod­ies of ex­pats to their homes and NRK pa­tients to hos­pi­tals. ■


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