Karnataka has come out with an NRI policy with a vision to build sustainable linkages between the State and Non-Resident Kannadigas or people from the State living across the globe.
The linkages will help build a progressive, vibrant and prosperous Karnataka, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah announced.
“Karnataka is the seventh largest State in India by area and the eighth largest by population. People from this State represent Karnataka all over the world and are known for their high skills and their contributions to the countries where they reside,” Siddaramaiah said while releasing the document.
The NRI Policy of Karnataka proposes to engage the diaspora in economic, social and technological development of Karnataka apart from working out country-specific plans for forging a mutually beneficial relationship with them.
The policy also addresses the issues relating to dissemination of information on opportunities in the overseas market, skilling and encourages people from the State to take up overseas employment.
“The Non-Resident Indian Forum, Karnataka, set up in 2008, has been playing a very vital role in strengthening linkages between the State’s diaspora and several cultural organisations spread across the globe apart from motivating them to bring in investments into Karnataka. But a policy will formalise all of this,” the chief minister said.
The policy has been brought out by the State’s Commerce and Industries department, after consultation with all departments, as such a linkage can benefit departments from agriculture to tourism and from social welfare to education, and help identify gaps where the diaspora can be tapped.
The main highlights of the policy are the creation of a database of NRIs and NRKs from the State and connecting with them and sharing their views, issues and experiences.