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PostPosted: July 11th, 2009, 8:30 am 
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Pravasi Welfare Fund for Non Resident Keralites

Unlike popular imagination a sizeable number of the 20 lakh Keralites living abroad or 10 lakh Keralites living in other states of the country either lead a hand-to-mouth existence or suffer in silence. We must thankfully acknowledge that non-resident Keralites send home every year more than five times the annual plan amount of the State. This phenomenal remittance has been variously helpful in the all round development of the State. It is the duty of the State to lend a helping hand to these hard-earning brothers and sisters if they lose their job, get affected by diseases and become desperate. Thus the 17th enactment came into being on February 12, 2009 with the Governor’s sanction for the bill passed in the Assembly to create a welfare fund for non-resident Keralites namely Non-Resident Keralites Welfare Fund Act – 2008. The Act ensures the welfare of non-resident Keralites by providing for the constitution of a Welfare Fund on the basis of a Non-Resident Keralites’ Welfare Scheme to grant relief, pension, and other benefits to them and to promote companies or co-operative societies or societies or other institutions of non-resident Keralites for their welfare.
visit : http://www.pravasiwelfarefund.org

Fund Formation

The Act envisages the formation of the Welfare Fund through contribution from the registered members @ of Rs. 300/- per month as contribution from each Non Resident Keralite (abroad). Every Non Resident Keralite (abroad) member when returned and settled down permanently in the State has to pay Rs. 100 only. Non Resident Keralites ( India ) member has to pay Rs. 100 as contribution per month. Every deemed member shall contribute Rs. 50 per month. The Board can avail for the Fund grants or loans or advances from the Government of India or the State Government or the local Self-Government institutions or any other institution/ organization. Board can attract donations from any individual or any organization in India or abroad or from any Government agencies in India or aboard or from any other sources.

Membership

Every Non-Resident Keralite of 18-55 age is entitled to register his name as a member of the Fund. A Non-Resident Keralite ( India ) above 18 years of age who has left Kerala for employment or otherwise and resides for more than 6 months in a place in India outside Kerala and continues there can register his name as member. A Non Resident Keralite (abroad) can register his name immediately on obtaining the emigration clearance and before leaving the State. Non Resident Keralites who left Kerala prior to the commencement of the Act and the Welfare Scheme implemented under it can register their names to the Fund within a period prescribed by the scheme.

The registration fee is Rs. 200

A Non-Resident Keralite ( India ) who has returned to Kerala leaving his employment or residence outside Kerala and resides permanently within Kerala can continue as deemed member to the Fund on continuous payment of contribution to the Fund until the attainment of 60 years of age.

Benefits to Members

Pension to members and deemed members who had completed 60 years of age and had remitted contribution for not less than five years.

Family pension on the death of a member or a deemed member who had remitted contribution for not less than five years.

Financial assistance on the death of a member due to illness or accident.

Financial assistance for medical treatment of the members affected with serious illnesses

Financial assistance for marriage of women members and daughters of the members and for maternity benefit to women members.

Financial assistance or loans or advances to members for the construction of dwelling houses or for the purchase of land and building or for the purchase of land or for the maintenance of house.

Financial assistance for education including higher education to the children of members.

Self employment assistance to reputed persons

Financial assistance to members incapacitated to attend work due to permanent physical disability

Financial assistance investment in any company or firm or co-operative society or institution constituted under the Act.

Application Forms

Non Resident Keralites (Abroad)- FORM 1A
http://www.pravasiwelfarefund.org/docs/ ... orm_1a.pdf

Non Resident Keralites (Returned)- FORM 1B
http://www.pravasiwelfarefund.org/docs/ ... orm_1b.pdf

Non Resident Keralites (India)- FORM 2A
http://www.pravasiwelfarefund.org/docs/ ... orm_2a.pdf

Contact

Non Resident Keralites Welfare Fund
Ground Floor, Manikanta Towers ,
Jawahar Nagar
Thiruvananthapuram- 695003
Tel : 0471-3013401, 3013402

Sheela Thomas I.A.S
Secretary , NORKA
Govt Secretariate ,
Thiruvananthapuram
Phone: 2333727 (Office)

K. T. Balabhaskaran
Special Officer
Non Resident Keralites Welfare Fund
Ground Floor, Manikanta Towers ,
Jawahar Nagar
Thiruvananthapuram- 695003
email : balabhaskarankt@ rediffmail. com


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