Important functions of NORKA ROOTS
Certificate Attestation Centers:
Attestation of certificates for HRD, Home department of government
of Kerala, Ministry for external Affairs (MEA), UAE, Saudi, Kuwait
etc. are carried out through ‘NORKA ROOTS’ Certificate
Attestation Centers. About one lakh applicants got attested their
certificates through this service centre. This is one of the important
sources of income for NORKA ROOTS.
Santwana is a programme planned to help the non- resident Keralite
families suffering from physical and economic infirmity.
*Non- Resident Accident Assistance/ Family Health Policy
(Pravasi Apakada sahaya/ Kudumba Arogya Padhathi)
It is an insurance policy established for non- resident Keralites
in association with united India Insurance Company.
Small Scale Industrial Endeavour Programme
This programme is planned for the economic development of returned
non- resident Keralite to start small scale industries in their
homeland. In many districts of Kerala small wet- grinder units were
Skill Upgradation Centers
Upgradation of skills of job seekers, the first of its kind in India,
was initiated by NORKA in association with SCMS group of Educational
Institutions, Kochi. This institute known as NORKA- SCMS Institute
for Paramedical and Development Studies (NSIPADS) imparts training
for nurses to appear for CGFNS/N- CLEX examinations and for unskilled
workers such as housemaids, drivers etc. Planning to start more
skill upgradation centers to provide both soft skills and technical
Data Bank Of NRKs
A sector- wise Data Bank of non- resident Keralites is under preparation.
Enhancement of Malayalam Language and our Culture
A website namely www.entemalayalam.org
has been opened for the new generation of Non resident Keralites
for easy learning of Malayalam language. Malayalam can be learned
easily through this website. More than 190 Malayalam Language learning
centers are at Delhi. NORKA department is planned to start such
centers at Mumbai and Chennai.
Local Development with the active participation of non- resident
‘Ente Gramam Ente Swapnam, (My Village, My Dream) is a programme
planned by NORKA aiming at making non- resident Keralites part of
the developmental programmes of their village.
Assistance for bringing back dead bodies of Malayalees from other
countries to homeland
Assistance being provide in collaboration with foreign Embassy and
different Malayalee associations for bringing back dead- bodies
from other countries to homeland.
Organization of Annual meets of Non Resident Keralites
NORKA is organizing annual meets of non- resident Keralites for
providing a forum for presenting their problems suggesting remedial
solutions and implementing them. Those organizations working among
foreign malayalees, returned foreign malayalees and repatriate malayalees
can participate in these annual meets.
NORKA ROOTS- Information Service Cell
This cell helps to clear doubts of non- resident Keralites through
letters, e-mail, face to face discussion.
Services at emergency stages (Crisis Management Team)
Control rooms will be opened at various regional offices of NORKA
ROOTS to provide necessary helps to those who are affected badly
by natural calamities like tsunami, earthquake etc.
Recognition of Malayalee Associations
NORKA ROOTS is granting recognition to those Malayalee Associations
working abroad and other places for encouraging their humanitarian
activities. NORKA ROOTS also provides permission to Malayalee Associations
having more than 3 years working experience in expanding the functions
of NORKA and doing activities for the upliftment of non keralites.
Applications and other regulations for getting registration is given
in the website of NORKA (www.norka.gov.in)
under ENLISTMENT FORM FOR NRK ORGANISATIONS.
Activities just started
NORKA Centre: All steps have been taken for the construction of
NORKA Centre, the official building of NORKA in 20 cents of land
granted by the government opposite to Thycadu Guest House. Kerala
State Construction Corporation is entrusted to do the construction
work. On completion of eight storied building, it can accommodate
the offices of NORKA, regional attestation centre part from NORKA
ROOTS. Transit facility at a cheaper rate can be provide for those
Malayalees coming back from foreign countries. It will also provide
facilities for video conferencing and parking of vehicles.
A heritage village in a area of 5 acres of land at Mavelikara for
the protection of aged parents of non- resident Keralites is under
the consideration of the government.
Non Resident Keralites Data Bank
The necessity has been felt for keeping up to date information and
statistics of non- resident Keralites for finding solution to various
problem faced by them. Steps have already been started for the above
Pre- Departure Orientation Programme
Pre- departure orientation programme in view of the golden jubilee
celebrations of Kerala State Formation meant for those who are going
abroad in search of any jobs has already been started. This 2 day
orientation programme helps acquaint foreign employment opportunities
to malayalees who aspire for a job. In foreign countries, emigration
rules, employment contracts, customs regulations, travel conditions
etc. Many foreign employment seekers had participated in such programmes
organized at Ernakulam and Kozhikode. Also, NORKA ROOTS had organized
one day workshop with the help of District Administration at Kasaragode,
Kannur, Malappuram and Palakkad. It has also plans to conduct similar
programmes in other districts.
NORKA has got license from the Central Pravasi Ministry to recruit
candidates from Kerala for various employment posts in foreign countries.
Steps have already been initiated to prepare a Data Bank of foreign
job seekers. Recruitment to foreign countries has already started
through NORKA ROOTS.