Thursday 9 April 2020 2:02 AM UTC
Thiruvananthapuram April 9: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday said that five help desks have been set up in countries where there are large number of Keralites, in association with NORKA. “Repeated news on deaths of Malayalis due to COVID-19 in other countries including the US are making people anxious.
Many NRIs panic and phone here. To provide relief to them, NORKA has set up five help desks in countries where a large number of Keralites live,” CM said.
Indian Ambassadors there have been asked to cooperate with those desks, he added.
Pinarayi Vijayan also said that the government has decided to provide telemedicine facilities to NRIs. They can consult doctors in Kerala via phone calls or video calls. They can register via NORKA website. This facility will be available at 2 pm to 6 pm (Indian time).
The NORKA registration is provided for those staying or working abroad for not less than six months. This would be extended to students also. They will be provided insurance cover and concession in air tickets.
All students studying abroad should register themselves in NORKA compulsorily, CM added.
The Kerala CM on Sunday conducted a video conference with some prominent members of the NRI communities in 22 different countries to discuss the problems encountered by Keralites abroad.
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