India has the largest diaspora in the world with XX million people living outside their homeland. It is also the largest recipient of remittances in the world.
Since the “oil boom” of the 1970s, Indian migration to the Gulf countries have served as a valuable source of economic income via remittances to the country, especially from high-migration states like Kerala. Likewise, the Indian migrant workers have contributed significantly to the economic development of the Gulf countries.
According to the United Nations, there are today 272 million international migrants in the world. Indians constitute 6.4 per cent of the world’s total migrant/expatriate population, i.e. 17.5 million migrants. If we include to this figure, those who have migrated to other states within India be it for work and other purposes, about 10 per cent of the total Indian population can be considered as expatriates.
The Indo-Gulf region is the second largest migration corridor in the world. About 8.5 million out of an estimated 31 million Indian diaspora in the Gulf countries. Indians make up more than 30 per cent of the expatriate workforce in the Gulf countries, where the proportion of non-natives in the working population is the highest in the world.
Although the diaspora outside India accounts for only 1 per cent of the total population of 1.3 billion Indians, the diaspora contributes significantly to the Indian economy.
They are also an important part of India’s “soft diplomacy” or “diaspora diplomacy”. The trade relations between India and the Gulf countries are of significance to India’s economy.
Diasporas play an important role in the economic development of their countries of origin. Beyond their well-known role as senders of remittances to their family, relatives or friends, diasporas can also promote trade and foreign direct investment, create businesses and spur entrepreneurship, and transfer new knowledge and skills.
By strengthening national savings, capital formation and investments, new employment opportunities are created and this in turn contributes to the economy.
On a smaller scale, the money received by family members is used to meet their basic needs and open opportunities to invest in education and healthcare, among other things. At this time when India is going through economic recession, the contribution of diaspora in India’s GDP is very important.
According to the World Bank, the amount of remittances sent by expatriates to each country is an important criterion in determining the creditworthiness of that country to borrow more money. Since 1991, India has been a country of steady growth in remittances. India, the world’s largest recipient of remittances, received $87 billion in 2021, according to the World Bank. Remittances to India are expected to grow by 3 per cent to $89.6 billion in 2022 as a large number of returnees from Arab countries await their return.
Diaspora can play a significant role in shaping the economic, social and economic conditions of the country. The knowledge, skills, ideas, skills, technology and vision of India acquired by expatriates are invaluable. There is a platform for the expatriate community to utilize these skills.
The Kerala Pravasi Association aims to build a new self-sufficient India by addressing the diaspora’s welfare as a priority. In doing so, it not only protects the expatriate Indians but also provides India an opportunity to advance its objective of rising in global status.
The diaspora population, with their global perspective, experience with business ventures, considerable expertise, strength and energy to overcome any challenges, have a lot to offer to the growth of the economy.
A neglected diaspora community
The expatriate community while valuable, is equally vulnerable to severe exploitation, denial of rights and neglect by employers and sponsors.
When Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi visited the UAE in August 2019, it was 34 years after the visit of Indira Gandhi in 1981. This shows the extent of the neglect over the years as well as the transformation of India’s engagement with this Gulf countries over the years.
Successive governments and mainstream political parties do not legislate or protest against this neglect and denial of rights to the diaspora.
The central and state government do not maintain a comprehensive database of expatriates or have an accurate estimate of how many Indian citizens have left the Indian shores, where they are or what they are doing.
The rights of the Indian diaspora must be protected. A governing body that ensures their welfare, offering World Expatriate preparation cells, Expatriate recruitment centers, Expatriate training centers are all key to make the most of opportunities to the Indians.
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The Kerala Pravasi Association (KPA) is an independent political movement led by expatriates with the objective of building a self-sufficient and self-reliant India, led by expatriates and with a vision beyond any existing political and religious organizations.
The Kerala Pravasi Association has been recognized as a political movement in India by the Central Election Commission under the Representation of the People Act, 1951 under registration number 56/071/2021-2022/PPS-I.
The activities of the Kerala Pravasi Association start from Kerala as the state contributes to the largest number of Indian expatriates globally and has an economy that functions largely by NRI remittances today.
KPA’s aims to implement the visions of expatriates in 36 areas related to the daily lives of the people of this country.
These include : Expatriate Welfare, Poverty Alleviation, Agriculture Sector, Dairy Development, Fisheries Development, Environmental Protection, Industrial Sector, Manufacturing, Public Sector Enterprises, Micro Small Enterprises, Medium Enterprises, Food Processing Sector, Traditional Sectors, Information Technology, Tourism, Startups, Human Resource Development and Job Opportunities in Diaspora, Education Sector, Unemployment Eradication, Skill Development, Old Age Care, Health Sector, Nursing and Public Health, Drinking Water, Infrastructure Development, Transport Background, Energy Sector, Clean Kerala, Insurance Cover, Renewable Energy, Electric Vehicles, Drug Free Kerala, E-Governance, Women Safety (Kerala Sri), E- Distribution and Residential Security.
A “Kerala Pravasi Association Trust” has been setup and has started functioning each of these governing bodies with the help of persons who have the expertise in each sector.
Kerala Pravasi Association will operate as an independent political party in India 100 per cent crowd funded and is open to donations from people, which can be made through bank accounts, allowing transparency and presenting clear figures to the Central Election Commission.
Kerala Pravasi Association has received its PAN card.
Kerala Pravasi Association offers two types of membership.
Any Indian citizen above 18 years of age who abides by the party rules and terms and conditions and accepts the constitution of Kerala Pravasi Association can apply for membership online with the Kerala Pravasi Association and paying a monthly subscription of Rs 5.
Any Indian citizen holding ordinary membership, office bearers, candidates and those holding any office of the Kerala Pravasi Association is eligible for an Acrive Membership. One can apply for Active membership through the respective Ward / Panchayat / Municipal / Corporation / District Executives by paying a monthly subscription of Rs 50.
A Ward Committee consists of a minimum of 50 members and is headed by a President, Secretary and Treasurer. The ward committee coordinates the activities of the respective ward.
Panchayat / Municipality / Corporation Committee:
Panchayat/Municipal/Corporation Committees are the upper body elected by the President, Secretaries and Treasurers of Ward Committees.
The District Committees are the upper body elected by the President, Secretaries and Treasurers of the Panchayat / Municipal / Corporation Committee.
The State Committees are elected by the President, Secretaries and Treasurers of the District Committee.
The Kerala Pravasi Association has a National Secretariat of not less than 15 members including the Chairman of the National Council, the President of the National Council, the General Secretary of the National Council and the Treasurer of the National Council who is responsible for the administration of the party headquarters.
The National Council is the supreme body elected by the President, Secretaries and Treasurers of the State Committee. The Kerala Pravasi Association is managed by a committee headed by National Council Chairman, National Council President, National Council General Secretary and National Council Treasurer.
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