Ravi wants non-resident Keralites to invest in the state

Thiruvananthapuram: Union Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi today said non-resident Keralites should get more opportunities to invest in projects being implemented by the state government.

"Non-resident Keralites have a significant role to play in the development of the state. To involve them in state's development programmes, they should get more opportunities to invest in big projects," Ravi said.

He was addressing the 'Kerala Development Congress', a four-day development seminar, organised by Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee.

Ravi said, "Hospitality, health and tourism are the major investment-friendly sectors for expatriates in Kerala."

The minister said that instead of larger industrial initiatives, Panchayat oriented enterprises with the investment of non-resident Keralites should be taken up for the state's development.

"Kerala is on growth path. It offers jobs for a large number of labourers from other Indian states especially those from Bihar and Bengal and becoming a 'mini Dubai' in that regard," Ravi said.

He also said arrival of labourers from outside was an indication of development the state has achieved.