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Kerala announces ''Dream Kerala Project'' for expats who lost jobs due to COVID-19

The project aims to support rehabilitation of the returning expats and the state's overall development. 

Jul 2, 2020 20:14 IST
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The state government of Kerala on July 2, 2020 decided to roll out the ''Dream Kerala Project'' to tap the potential and experience of those returning from foreign nations and other states after losing their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The decision was taken during a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on July 2, 2020. The Chief Minister stated that the expatriates are the key contributors to the state's economic growth and with more people returning home after losing their jobs amid COVID-19 pandemic, the state cabinet has decided to implement the ''Dream Kerala project.”

Objective 

The project aims to support rehabilitation of the returning expats and the state's overall development. 

Key Highlights

•  There are a large number of professionals from overseas and other parts of the country among the returnees.

•  The professionals are well-known for their international expertise and experience in various fields.

•  The projects aims to harness their potential and expertise for the future of the state.

•  The project will be jointly implemented by various departments of the state government. It will provide the public with an opportunity to give suggestions and ideas on the future of the state.

•  The state will also set up a committee comprising young civil service officers to give expert advice on the implementation of each idea.

•  The expert committee will evaluate the proposals and make recommendations to the respective state departments.

Background 

In 2018, the expats had sent around Rs 85000 crore to the state, as per government figures. The amount has now gone up to Rs 1 lakh crore and their remittances in banks amount to around Rs 1,69,944 crore. One of the key reasons for the state’s high per capita income is the remittances sent by these expats.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting lockdowns across the world have resulted in a major economic crisis, as a result of which world over several business and commercial enterprises have been affected resulting in a large number of layoffs and unemployment. 

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