Karnataka Government has brought out its Non-Resident Kannadiga policy even as the state is all set to host the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas at Bengaluru from Jan7-9, 2017.
NRI Policy of Karnataka has been brought out by Commerce and Industries department after consultation with all the departments. The policy has set a vision of playing a catalytic role in building sustainable linkages between the Karnataka State and Non-Resident Kannadigas across the globe, to build a progressive, vibrant and prosperous Karnataka.
Non-Resident Indian Forum, Karnataka set up in 2008 has been playing a very vital role in strengthening linkages between the Karnataka Diaspora and several cultural organizations spread across the globe apart from motivating them to bring in investments to Karnataka State.
NRI Policy of Karnataka comprehensively looks into aspirations, requirements, and expectations of the Kannadigas diaspora and promotion of culture & festivities, art & culture among NRIs/NRKs.
NRI Policy of Karnataka proposes to engage NRIs/NRKs in the economic, social and technological development of Karnataka apart from working out country-specific plans for forging a mutually beneficial relationship with the NRIs/NRKs.
The policy also addresses the issues relating to dissemination of the information on opportunities in the overseas market, skilling & encourages Kannadigas to take up overseas employment.
Highlights of the NRI Policy of Karnataka
Ø Creation of a Data base on NRIs/ NRKs – To connect with every Kannadigas across the globe and share views/issues/experiences.
Non-Resident Kannadiga (NRK) Card- A distinguished identity for NRKs- will have special value privilege &speedy services
Ø “Namma Ooru-Namma Nadu” initiative for NRIs/NRKs -An avenue for NRKs to engage in philanthropic activities and connect with their roots.
Ø Participation in Pravasi Bharathiya Divas -Government of Karnataka will identify and felicitate one outstanding individual in the alternate year of PBD with the title‘NRK of the Year’.
Ø District level NRIs/NRKs Welfare Committee headed by the respective Deputy Commissioners A district level support system for NRIs/NRKs with their families & a resource, knowledge & Counselling centre for dissemination of information on matters relating to emigration, aspects of overseas employment, etc.,
Ø Promotion of Art and Culture of Karnataka -Structured exchange programs will be organized to promote art, yoga and cultural activities.
Ø Promotion of Kannada and Karnataka’s festivities among NRIs/NRKs- Structured exchange programs will be organized to promote art, yoga and cultural activities.
Ø Promotion of Kannada and Karnataka’s festivities among NRIs/NRKs -NRI forum will develop self-learning material and would host it on the website to facilitate NRIs/NRKs and their Children who have not received formal Kannada Education to get connected to their mother tongue and get certification of proficiency in Kannada language.
Ø Encourage Kannada Kootas all over the world – Kannadigas would be encouraged to form Kannada Kootas in every region of their respective countries of their stay to promote and preserve Kannada language and culture and connect with others.
Ø Business Incubation Centre for NRKs – To encourage entrepreneurship among NRIs/NRKs & to establish formal and organized link between NRIs/NRKs and Government of Karnataka, NRIs/NRKs will be offered Business Incubation Centre at a special monthly rental for an initial period of one year.
Ø Encouraging Kannadigas to take up overseas employment: – The NRI Forum, Karnataka will undertake periodical campaigns across districts disseminate the information on opportunities in the overseas market, skilling and encourage Kannadigas to take up overseas employment along with pre-departure orientation.
Ø NRIs/NRKs Support Service Centre: The NRI Forum will associate with Overseas Workers Resource Centre (OWRC) helpdesk, which is operational 24x7x365 through toll-free number 1800-11-3090 in India and +91-124-2341002 for Indian emigrants working overseas.
Ø NRIs/NRKs Support Service Centre- The NRI Forum will associate with Overseas Workers Resource Centre (OWRC) helpdesk, which is operational 24x7x365 to attend to queries in eleven (11) languages (Hindi, English, Punjabi, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Gujarati, Marathi, Odia, Kannada, and Bengali) through
toll free number 1800-11-3090 in India and +91-124-2341002 for Indian emigrants working overseas.
Ø Legal Aid Centre – NRI Forum in collaboration with Ministry of External Affairs & in consultation with Karnataka Legal Services Authority would extend all possible legal services to NRIs/NRKs in distress during their overseas employment period.
Ø Welfare services to NRIs/NRKs returning home: NRI forum in association with District NRIs/NRKs Welfare Committee will extend all possible assistance to NRIs/NRKs who relocate permanently to their mother land and facilitate help in change of residential status, taxation implication, foreign currency non-resident (FCNR)issues etc.