Zee Media Bureau
Trivandrum: Expressing his happiness over the employment offers and financial assistance pouring in for the nurses who recently returned from the war-torn areas of Iraq, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Friday said that he was extremely glad about it.
“We are very happy with the offers of employment & financial assistance coming in for the nurses who returned from Iraq,” Chandy told reporters here.
Adding that the state government is committed to the rehabilitation of 46 nurses, he further said, “We are fully committed to extending rehabilitation schemes for these 46 nurses besides all other nurses, who will return from Iraq."
Addressing the nurses here, CM added, "Today (Friday) we got in writing from the Iraqi authorities that the salary dues of the 46 nurses would be paid from next week."
Meanwhile, the nurses continued to receive job offers from various non-resident Keralite businessmen.
Middle East-based business magnate CK Menon promised Rs 3 lakh to each nurse while Atlas Ramachandran, who runs hospitals and jewellery shops in the Middle East, promised jobs to all of them.
Dubai-based healthcare conglomerate Aster DM Healthcare gave Rs.25,000 to each nurse besides offering them job.
The 46 Indian nurses, who had been held captive in Iraq, landed in Kochi on last week-end.
There were about 10,000 Indians in Iraq before the start of the strife between government troops and Sunni militants. The militants have captured two key cities and have their sights set on Baghdad. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have been displaced in the fighting that broke out on June 10.
With agency inputs