A four-member NRI Commission with quasi-judicial powers is to be set up in Kerela to protect various rights and interests of the NRIs hailing from the state. The commission will ensure they get all the benefits of the rules enforced in the state. The commission would also have powers to protect the deposits of NRIs, liaison with the State and Union governments to protect the interests of NRIs and check illegal recruitments.
Kerala Chief Minister Oomen Chandy also informed that the commission with have a retired High Court judge as its head, A retired IAS officer and two NRIs will be its other members. It will be headquartered in the state capital and conduct sittings once every 3 months. "This has been a long standing demand of the diaspora and our officials after home work have given the nod for setting this up," the state CM said.
The state already has a special NRI Police Cell, which will also be strengthen with the commissioning of the new body. The commission will also be powered to make inquiry on the suo moto cases or on the request being made by the state government. With this, Kerala becomes the second state after Punjab to have such a body.