The Government of Kerala recently announced a whole slew of schemes for returnees from Saudi Arabia, including subsidies on both capital and interest for short and long-term loans.Saudi Arabia has begun implementing Nitaqat, a programme of Saudisation introduced by that country’s Ministry of Labour, which requires all firms employing more than 10 people set aside posts for local people and reduce dependence on foreign workers.A four-month grace period for foreign workers to get proper documents in case they desired to continue working in that country ended on November third.Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said his government would take up the matter with cash-rich Keralite businessmen in the Middle East, to see if they might be able to accommodate those from the state who are now forced to leave Saudi Arabia on account of the new law.

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