Thiruvananthapuram | Total remittance from non-resident Keralites (NRK) in Kerala banks till June last stood at Rs 1,42,669 crore, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan informed the assembly today.
More than 2.5 million Keralites living outside the country contribute 40 per cent of state’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), he said during the Question Hour.
The Muslim-dominated Malappuram district topped the list in getting the highest amount of foreign remittance and the lowest was high-range Idukki district.
The government plans to introduce a comprehensive scheme for rehabilitation of the diaspora, who return to Kerala due to various problems they face in their place of work, Vijayan added.
Referring to the high flight fares for foreign destinations particularly to the Gulf countries, he said the Centre has to interfere on this matter. But it seems the Centre had washed off its hand on over charging by flight operators, said.
It’s stand was that airline companies had the right to fix fares, Vijayan added.
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