Efforts on to woo NRKs to Karnataka

As part of its new ‘NRI policy’, the state government has decided to issue ‘NRK cards” to non-resident Kannadigas. The policy issued on Friday by chief minister Siddaramaiah, ahead of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, states that card would be co-branded with leading bank/corporate which will offer special privileges to NRKs, including discounts at hotels, jewellery showrooms, hospitals etc apart from speedy services from all state government departments.

“The cardholder will also get an accident cover of Rs 2 lakh during their visit to the country.” After releasing the policy, Siddaramaiah said, “The state government has brought the policy for benefit of NRIs. The policy is aimed at strengthening their bond with their home land. The government has already come out policies like industrial, IT&BT and start-ups for promoting investments.” The government has also defined NRK; it states that “non-resident Kannadiga is a citizen of India, a permanent resident of Karnataka who holds an Indian passport and has temporarily migrated to another country for six months or more for employment, residence, education or any other purpose.”

The policy also proposes for creation of database on NRIs/NRKs and interactive cloud-based site. The state government has also proposed for establishment of special cell for NRIs/NRKs in the Karnataka Udyoga Mitra (KUM) to facilitate investors. “The cell will facilitate them with expeditious clearance of proposals, priority in land allotment and filling of online applications, submission of regulatory documents as and when required and obtaining permission and clearance from the departments.”

The government is also mooting special packages of incentives and concessions for NRKs for the investment above Rs 250 crore. The government also announced special investment package for NRKs in tourism sector and adoption of tourist places. The NRI forum in the state will also set up legal aid for those NRI/NRKs.

Credits Bangalore Mirror

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