The research unit supported by the Ministry for Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) attached to the Center for Development Studies (CDS) is working on its first migration policy that would protect Indians seeking job abroad.
The said research unit, which was inaugurated in June by the Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi and granted with Rs14.70 million, is preparing the draft document of the proposed migration policy.
“The draft is ready and it has now got to go through several federal ministries before it is ready. It looks into the qualification requirements that a person should possess before he leaves for a job outside the country. Today anyone and everyone leaves the moment the visa arrives and lands into trouble,” said S Irudayarajan, one who prepared the draft policy and heads the unit.
The draft policy also aims that all non-resident Indians who park money in the country should be provided with adequate incentives.
“The policy suggests special interest rates for such funds and also measures to promote investments by NRIs in the country,” Irudayarajan added.
Since the unit will conduct studies on migration in several states same as what was done by Irudayarajan in Kerala, they opt to tie-up with selected institutions in Punjab, Andra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Maharashtra
“For each state we envisage a budget of half a million for the elaborate study. One NRI organisation has come forward to sponsor the study. We expect agencies like banks and private financial institutions to support our study,” Irudayarajan said.
More than two million Keralites are working overseas wherein about 90% are in Gulf. Currently, Kerala accounts for 55% of the total outflow of migrants from India to the Middle East. Non-resident Keralites’ annual remittances have reached to Rs.200 billion ($4.3 billion), which is close to 25% of the net domestic product of the state.