Government’s contribution will be 50% for men, 100% for women
Union Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi said here on Saturday that the government was considering a proposal to extend the scope of a pension scheme, launched for Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) in Dubai earlier, to all NRIs in the Gulf region.
Addressing a meet-the-press programme here, Mr. Ravi said the government would contribute almost 50 per cent of the NRIs’ contribution to the pension fund in the case of men. For women, the government’s contribution would be 100 per cent.
Mr. Ravi said that the scheme would entitle certain categories of NRIs for pension once they returned to India. “But the scheme requires massive investment,” he added.
The Minister said that the registration of agents found exploiting women with promises of jobs in the Gulf would be cancelled.
Mr. Ravi said his department has directed the embassies concerned to ensure that the women reaching Gulf for various jobs, including as maids, got adequate wages and facilities such as return ticket and safe shelter.
Asked about NSS general secretary G. Sukumaran Nair’s statement that certain vested interests had scuttled Defence Minister A. K. Antony’s suggestion that KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala be given the Home Minister portfolio, Mr. Ravi said that “it was an old story and had nothing new about it”. He refused to further comment on the issue while pointing out that “such matters have to be settled here”.
Reacting to reports that legislators of the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) had submitted false expenditure returns to the Election Commission, Mr. Ravi said the KPCC president had already stated that the Congress had given the money to the Muslim League and not to the legislators.
The Minister also rejected Leader of the Opposition V.S. Achuthanandan’s demand that the IUML legislators, who had submitted false election expenditure to the commission, resign.