Kerala gives free air tickets
According to a report by The Times of India, “Priority would be given to Keralites and other deserving people,” S.M. Najeeb, the general manager of the Department of Non-Resident Keralites’ Affairs (NORKA) NORKA, said on Monday.
The amnesty’s deadline is set on September 2, 2007 and it aims to assist those people who have overstayed their visas in Bahrain or whose sponsors failed to renew their documents.
It allows them time to either acquire legal status to stay in the country or face deportation.
There are around 1.4 million expatriate Indians in the UAE, many of whom are employed as contract workers. In Dubai alone, Indians comprise over 60 percent of the city’s total population of over 1.4 million as reported by The Times.