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Govt. ready to help Keralites in Iraq return

Govt. ready to help Keralites in Iraq return

As many as 763 Keralites are working in Iraq which is witnessing a spate of internal strife, Minister for Non-Resident Keralites’ Affairs and Rural Development, K. C. Joseph told the Assembly on Friday.

In a written reply to a question, he said 204 persons, including those families in the State, had registered their names in the 24-hour helpline set up in Norka-ROOTS to render assistance for those stranded in Iraq and to bring them back. State officials are in constant touch with the stranded Keralites. Kerala has urged the Union government to immediately intervene to ensure their safety and steps for their safe return. The government was taking all possible steps through Indian Embassy in Baghdad to bring them back home, he said.

Stating that all those who had gone from the State were safe, Mr. Joseph said the government was not aware of any injuries or death of Keralites in internal strife in Iraq. He said Emergency Repatriation Fund was available to bring back Non-Resident Keralites in emergency situations like the one in Iraq. Rs. 20 lakh had been allocated in the Budget for the fund for the current fiscal year.


Indians want to return

IANS adds: Forty-seven Indian workers in Kurdistan, in strife-torn Iraq, were facing attacks from local workers as the Iraqis feel they are taking away their jobs, a Kerala worker said. “Locals’ attacks on us have increased ever since the strife in Iraq intensified. The local people are against us as they feel Indians are taking away their jobs,” said a welder from Kerala.

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