Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan assured that the government will seriously consider all suggestions put forward by the LKS meet and take serious actions for expatriate welfare. A Youth Leadership Academy with the help of expats is also on the anvil, he said.
With the decision to implement more than 30 projects including a Global Hackthon and a global meet of the Professionals, the two-day long conference, Loka Kerala Sabha (LKS), ended on Friday at the capital city of Kerala.
The LKS was launched by the state government last year to utilise the expertise of Non-Resident Keralites (NRKs) for the development of the state.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday said that a Global Hackathon will be held in Kerala this year to analyse the challenges faced by the state, its solutions and the opportunities ahead.
He also assured that the government will seriously consider all suggestions put forward by the LKS meet and take serious actions for expatriate welfare. A Youth Leadership Academy with the help of expats is also on the anvil, which is expected to contribute to the skill development of the youth, he said.
The Congress-led UDF in Kerala had announced its decision of boycotting the event last month after it found out that nothing positive came out after the first LKS and the second edition is one where money is being blown up for no reason and the diaspora will not benefit anyone.
On the second day of the LKS, the NRI businessman M A Yusuff Ali indirectly slammed the opposition who boycotted the conference.
“There was a controversy over the facilities arranged for the LKS. But most of the delegates who come here use facilities far better than this. These are all far less than the help provided by the NRI community. They deserve better,” Mathrubhumi quoted Yusuff Ali as saying.
The chief minister and the government were able to make a favourable atmosphere for NRI investment in Kerala. Soon after the CM held discussions with the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, they expressed willingness to start a venture here. But some officials still oppose new investments, he added.
According to Dr. Ravi Pillai, the industries are switching to Artificial Intelligence and e-commerce and the government should take initiatives to create new job opportunities based on these.
Meanwhile Dr. Azad Moopen suggested to setup an NRI university so that the children who study abroad will not be denied opportunities to appear in various exams.