Hassan takes a potshot at Loka Kerala Sabha

Says Central and State governments have forgotten the expatriate Indians

Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee president M.M. Hassan on Tuesday took a potshot at the Left Democratic Front government’s proposed Loka Kerala Sabha, a conference for expatriate Keralites in the State capital from next week.

Addressing a meeting of the Kerala Pradesh Pravasi Congress here, Mr. Hassan said the Central and State governments had forgotten the expatriate Indians.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had ended the Overseas Indian Welfare Department formed to attend to the needs of the expatriate communities. Currently there was no mechanism to address the problems faced by them. The announcements of the BJP government for expatriate development remained on paper.

Welfare plans

At the State level, the Pinarayi Vijayan government had discontinued several welfare programmes for the expatriates. He had his doubts about the outcome of the Loka Kerala Sabha and sought to know whether the government would give the organisation a legal framework to function. Unless this was done, the exercise would be of no value to the Keralites, he said.

Leader of the Opposition Ramesh Chennithala, who addressed the KPPC, said the US President Donald Trump’s new visa rules and the employment crisis in West Asia posed a major challenge to the State. He urged the State government to pay more attention to the issues thrown up by international developments.

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