CM says only 3,000 persons have sought to return

Non-Resident Keralite Affairs Minister K.C. Joseph will visit Saudi Arabia soon to assist expatriate workers to take advantage of the amnesty scheme announced by the kingdom.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Mr. Joseph told a meeting of editors here on Monday that the Saudi Arabian government had accepted all the requests made to it by the State government.

Only about 3,000 workers from the State had registered with the embassy for repatriation. This could be due to their ignorance about the opportunity available to them.

Mr. Joseph would visit Jeddah, Riyad and Dammam and interact with Malayali organisations so that Malayali workers in the kingdom could be informed about the window of opportunity available to them, Mr. Chandy said.

The Chief Minister, who convened the meeting with editors to discuss the ‘Vision 2030 Perspective Plan’ being prepared by the government, said the draft of the plan would be published on the government website by month-end and finalised by June end.

The government had done much to improve the State’s transport, communication and industrial infrastructure over the last two years. Its focus would now be in healthcare.

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