Kerala considers special police unit for NRIs

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The Southern state Kerala mulls police unit for the Indian expats.

The new NRI Commission set by the government of Kerala is considering establishing a police cell that will cater to NRIs. 

According to the newly elected member of the NRI commission, Dr. Shamsheer Vayalil, “The new NRI (non-Indian resident) Commission set up by the government of Kerala is considering a police cell that will cater to overseas IndiansDealing with legal issues or property disputes back home is a costly and time-consuming affair for expatriates. Having an NRI police cell in Kerala will be a game-changer for the huge Malayalee expat community,” said Vayalil who is also managing director of VPS Healthcare.

The quasi-judicial body will address several pain-points of the Diaspora including fake recruitments as well as disputes over property and investments. The decision is expected to provide NRIs a direct window to address their grievances. “With its quasi-judicial powers, the commission will liaise with various state and central government departments on behalf of overseas Indians. The complainants can also engage a lawyer to appear before the commission”, said Vayalil.

The NRI Commission was formed in February, 2016 to uphold the interests of overseas Indians.

The 5-member commission headed by a retired high court justice will meet every 3 months to evaluate its activities. The members will comprise a retired Indian Administrative Service officer, two representatives of the Kerala Diaspora and a state government official with the rank of joint secretary.


Presently, Punjab is the only state in India which has a dedicated NRI police cell. The recommendation is also based on a Punjab state model.

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