The Tamil Nadu State government on Wednesday, October 6, announced that a welfare board for non-resident Tamils would be set up as per the provisions of the Tamil Nadu Non-Resident Tamils’ Welfare Act, 2011. The legislation was enacted during the fag end of the 2006-11 DMK regime, and the subsequent AIADMK governments [2011-21] did not constitute the board.
Today, Chief Minister M.K. Stalin announced that the welfare board would have 13 members, including officials and representatives from the non-resident Tamil community. The Tamil Nadu Non-Resident Tamils’ Welfare Fund would be created with an initial corpus of Rs.5 crore.
A database of non-resident Tamils would be created and those registered with the board would be extended life and medical insurance policies. In the event of death of emigrants from low-income groups, financial assistance would be extended to their children for education and marriage, the Chief Minister has said. He further said, “A majority of the non-resident Tamils are keen on depositing their savings in Tamil Nadu. Steps would be taken towards signing MoUs to facilitate them to deposit in government and other industries,”. Under a proposed scheme, ‘My Village’, non-resident Tamils would be able to develop civic infrastructure and schools in their native villages. “They would be invited to extend their help to improve schools, hospitals, libraries in their native villages,” the Chief Minister said.