Kerala moots scheme to help low-income group in Gulf to visit home

Wednesday, Sep 30, 2015,16:16 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Thiruvananthapuram | With the ambitious ‘Air Kerala’ project failing to take off due to procedural wrangles, the state government proposed to come up with a special scheme to help those low-income category Malayalis in the Gulf who are struggling to visit their home state.
Briefing newspersons after a meeting of the state Cabinet here today, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said there was no question of going back from the proposed low-cost Air Kerala project. However, the Centre was yet to give relaxation on the eligibility rules to operate in the overseas sector.
”Our main objective is to help those from low income group who cannot visit the home state for many years,” he said, adding that Non-Resident Keralites Affairs Minister K C Joseph had been asked to prepare a list of such Keralites.
Those who could not vist Kerala for more than ten years would get the maximum concession in the air fare. Similarly, others who wanted to visit the state after a gap of seven or five years would get concession.
He said that certain airlines had come forward to offer tickets at a concessional rate. Besides, the government would also charter flights to bring such people.