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An NRI commission was finally set up by the Kerala government. Under the plan, a team of four members directed by a former judge of Indian High Court Justice P Bhavadas was declared as the commission.

The two out of four members of the current team are active NRI’s living abroad and other two are former NRIs in which two are either presently living in the UAE or have been living in the UAE in past.

The director of the NRIs Commission is Dr Shamsheer Vayalil, who is an Abu Dhabi-based doctor and head of VPS Healthcare are among the members. He is the one who appealed the Supreme Court of India to get voting rights to the NRIs.

Bhagwat Singh, a former President of the Sharjah Indian Association is the second member of the team. He currently lives in Kerala.

A Bahrain-based Journalist Sohan Baby and a former chairman of the Kerala state government’s Pravasi Welfare Board PMA Salam are the other members.

“The purpose of this commission will be to safeguard the interests of the NRIs and provide justice to their grievances. As the Director of this commission, I hope we will be able to do justice to all the NRIs and will strive hard in making this commission a way for them to reach out to various State and Central Government departments without any hassles,” says Vayalil.

The quasi-judicial body will report all concerns of the diaspora including clashes over properties and investments as well as fake recruitments. The commission will allow to involve a lawyer for the diaspora complainants to appear before the panel and the complainant need not waste his/her time for resolving issues. The commission will organize the meetings in every three month to estimate its activities.

Keralites are one of the vivacious expat communities across the Middle East and the rest of the world. Around 2.5 million Keralites live abroad and deport about Dh65 billion yearly which is a fourth of all allowance India receives from its migrant community yearly.

At current, local courts handle the labor and commercial disputes with some amount of support from NORKA -the Non-Resident Keralites Affairs Department, set up in 1996 by the Government of Kerala.(Inputs from agencies)

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Kerala Government Decides to Revise The List of Women Who Prayed at Sabarimala

The list of 51 women is not part of an affidavit but only referred to by the state government counsel in his arguments. Soon the list was highlighted in the media

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Stung by widespread criticism over the numerous errors in the list of women who prayed at the Sabrimala temple, the Kerala government has decided to re-prepare the list.

A counsel of state government had presented the list in the Supreme Court on Friday, which reportedly had discrepancies in the age and names of women. The list was taken from the records of the online system, through which pilgrims register for having “darshan”.

The row erupted over flaws in the actual age of some of the 51 women, whom the counsel had referred to in the list as “banned” — on account of they being of menstruating age group of 10 to 50 years — who prayed at the temple this season.

State police chief Loknath Behera on Saturday asked senior officials to revise the list, which included even the name of men, besides several of the women above 50.

State Devasom (temples) Minister Kadakampally Surendran told the media that his department has no role in the preparation of the list, while the president of the Travancore Devasom Board – custodian of the temple, A. Padmakumar said they are not responsible for this as they do not prepare statistics of the pilgrims in the temple.

Kanam Rajendran, state secretary of the Communist Party of India – the second biggest ally of the ruling Pinarayi Vijayan government, said the entire responsibility of what has happened lies with the state government.

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Kerala to revise list of women who prayed at Sabarimala.

But the Industries Minister E.P. Jayarajan, the closest aide of Vijayan, defended him by saying that it is not just 51 women, but so many women have had “darshan” at the temple.

Kanaka Durga and Bindu Ammini, both in the “banned” age group of 10 to 50 years, prayed at the Sabarimala temple.

It was after they approached the apex court seeking security for having safe “darshan” that a bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice L. Nageswara Rao and Justice Dinesh Maheshwari directed the state government to arrange adequate protection for them.

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The list of 51 women is not part of an affidavit but only referred to by the state government counsel in his arguments. Soon the list was highlighted in the media.

“This goof-up reveals the abject failure of the way Vijayan is running the state,” said state BJP president P.S. Sreedharan Pillai.  (IANS)