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A large number of people are living outside India. Among them a good percentage belongs to lower or middle income group. This large group of middle-lower income group faces fundamental problems during their life in the Gulf/other foreign countries and also when they return to their homeland. The Saving schemes and rehabilitation facilities available to them are not very promising. Similarly a good percentage of Keralites are living outside Kerala but within India for their livelihood. These Non-Resident Keralites (NRKs-India) are also facing similar circumstances as the NRK’s abroad.
Realising such circumstances, Kerala came forward with a unique initiative, first of its kind in the country, to setup a welfare fund to provide welfare schemes to NRKs (abroad) and NRKs (in India).
The Kerala Non-Resident Keralites’ Welfare Board (Kerala Pravasi Welfare Board) established by the Government of Kerala, under the Non-Resident Keralites’ Welfare Act, 2008 for implementing welfare schemes for the benefits of the Non Resident Keralites’, such as pension scheme, family pension scheme, pension scheme for invalids, scheme for financial assistance to dependents of a deceased member, scheme for financial assistance for medical treatment, maternity benefit scheme to the women members, scheme for assistance for marriage of daughters of members etc. Non-Resident Keralites’ Welfare Scheme, 2009 has been notified by the Government as per the provisions of the Act for the purpose. For availing these benefits the eligible Non- Resident Keralites has to register as a member into the welfare fund and make subscriptions as per the scheme.
Every Non- Resident Keralites’ (NRK) in the age bracket of 18-60 is eligible to register as a member of the Welfare Fund as per the provisions of the Non-Resident Keralites’ Act 2008. There are four categories of memberships as stated below. Please click on the appropriate forms to enrol online.
(i) NRKs who are working aboard (1A)
(ii)NRKs who have returned to Kerala for permanent settlement after a foreign employment for a period of not less than two years (1B)
(iii)NRKs who are working in India but residing outside Kerala (2A) for a period not less than a period of six months.
Deemed member- an NRK (India) whose membership has been ceased owing to his return to Kerala but who is paying the contribution continuously to the fund under sub section (4) of section 7 of the Act. (one can’t registered as deemed member).
The registration fee for enrolment is Rs. 200 (Rupees two hundred only) for all categories
The fee may be paid online or remitted into any branch of the prescribed banks, Pravasi Co-operative Societies Money Exchange (abroad) etc. Details Click here>>
The monthly contribution for each category is as shown below:-
|1||Non-Resident Keralties (Abroad – Form : 1A) Click Here>>||Rs 300 per month|
|2||Non-Resident Keralties (Returned form Abroad- Form : B) Click Here>>||Rs 100 per month|
|3||Non-Resident Keralites (India- Form : 2 A) Click Here>>||Rs 100 per month|