Centre to come up at Thycaud in the capital city

: NoRKA-ROOTS, the field agency of the Non-Resident Keralites Affairs Department, is planning to set up a business centre to serve as a single window facility to promote investments from Non-Resident Keralites (NoRKA).

One floor in the upcoming NoRKA centre at Thycaud in Thiruvananthapuram will be set apart for the business centre. “The project is still in the discussion stage. The idea is to provide services, including financial and legal consultancy, to non-resident Keralites interested in investing in the State,” K.T. Balabhaskaran, Chief Executive Officer, NoRKA-ROOTS, told The Hindu on Monday.

Tie-ups with financial and legal institutions in this connection are also being considered, he said. The construction of the NoRKA centre is expected to be completed by February.

In another move to expand its service network across the country, NoRKA-ROOTS is set to open two more non-resident Keralites Development offices. “Offices will be opened shortly in Chennai and Bangalore in addition to offices already functioning in Mumbai and Delhi,” Mr. Balabhaskaran said.


The first interview based on applications received through the job portal launched by NoRKA-ROOTS (www.jobsnorka.gov.in) will be held on January 26. The UAE-based company Emrill, which offers integrated facilities management solutions, will hold the interview to meet its requirement for 80 persons ranging from mechanics to engineers.

So far, 300 job aspirants have registered for the interview. Altogether 15 employers from West Asia have already registered with the portal, Mr. Balabhaskaran said.

The job portal was launched by NoRKA-ROOTS last month to root out unscrupulous recruitment agencies and to streamline the recruitment process saving job aspirants from falling victims to such agencies, he said.

Mr. Balabhaskaran said so far 20,000 membership cards under the Kerala Non-Resident Keralites' Welfare Board had been issued across the State. “Cards have been issued on applications received till last May and cards on applications received since then are in the printing stage,” he said. The card holders are eligible for relief, pension and other benefits.

The CEO said at least 60 per cent of the applications received under the scheme were from those in the age group of 50-55 years as the relatively young found the pension — minimum of Rs. 1,000 and a maximum of Rs. 2,000 — unattractive.

  • Idea is to provide services to potential investors
  • Tie-up with financial institutions may be considered