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The government is promoting a new Pension and Life Insurance Fund (PILF) scheme in a bid to provide financial security to poor Indians working abroad.

PILF is for Indian workers aged between 18 and 50 who have a work permit or employment contract and whose passports carry the ‘Emigration Clearance Required’ stamp.

Indian embassies have been told to help those wanting to subscribe to PILF, Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi said in while launching the pilot scheme in Kochi.

Non-resident Indian organisations have also been urged to promote the scheme.

The worker has to pay Rs 5,000 to become a member. The government will contribute Rs 2,000. If the person is a domestic help, the amount would be Rs 3,000.

“The pension will commence after age 60. This is a life insurance scheme. It will help people save for old age and save for resettlement,” said Ravi.The PILF scheme was announced in January.

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, who spoke at the launch, said most of the poor working abroad generally returned minus savings.

There were 2.28 million people from Kerala working abroad in 2011, according to the Centre for Development Studies in New Delhi. Nearly 40 per cent of Kerala’s diaspora lives in the United Arab Emirates and 25 per cent in Saudi Arabia.


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