Non-Resident Keralites’ Affairs Department (NORKA)
A Profile


In order to ensure the welfare of the Non Resident Keralites, redress their grievances and safeguard their rights that NORKA, the Non Resident Keralites Affairs Department was set up by the Government of Kerala in 1996. Since then, NORKA has been playing a vital role in the lives of NRKs, supporting them in times of need and lending them a helping hand in every possible means.

Norka-Roots is the field agency of the Department of NORKA, set up in 2002. It acts as an interface between the Non-Resident Keralites and the Government of Kerala and a forum for addressing the NRKs’ problems, safeguarding their rights and rehabilitating the returnees.

Chief Minister, Govt. of Kerala

Shri. Pinarayi Vijayan
Hon'ble Chief Minister, Kerala



& DIRECTOR, Norka-Roots

Shri. M.A. Yusuffali
Shri. C.K. Menon
Dr. Usha Titus IAS
Chief Executive Officer & DIRECTOR
Dr. Usha Titus IAS
Shri. Alexander Vadakkedam
Dr. M. Anirudhan
Shri. Ismayael Rawther
Shri. Azad Moopan
Dr. Ravi Pillai
Addl. Secy to Govt., Finance Department. & DIRECTOR
Shri. C.T. Kuruvillai
Smt. Sheeja T.S

· Welfare of NRK's
· Heritage village for parents of NRK's
· Promotion of Malayalam language and culture
· Cultural exchange programme between the natives and Malayalees settled abroad.
· Promotion of regional development with the active participation of NRK's
· Social Security Network for NRK's
· A relief fund for rendering immediate assistance to NRK's in need.
· Organization of annual meets for NRK's
· Resettlement and reintegration of NRKs returning to Kerala.
· Employment mapping
· To facilitate the creation of a high calibre human resource pool.
· Upgrading of skills of jobseekers
· Data Bank of NRK's
· Channelising investments to the State
· Prevention of illegal recruitment



For extending financial help to BPL NRKs in exceptional cases of extreme financial needs to meet funeral expenses, marriage expenses, medical expenses etc. for more details (click here)

Chairman Fund
A financial assistance for the deserving NRK/NRK family members to meet funeral and medical expenses. more....

A scheme for extending financial assistance for the repatriation of the mortal remains of the NRK who expire abroad or in India outside Kerala.
The assistance will normally be onetime grant and reimbursed after the original payment made by the applicant. The deceased NRK should be residing or working abroad and have a valid Indian passport. The NRK within India should have stayed in other state for employment for a minimum period of two years. The assistance from the fund is to be made available to the persons of extreme financial distress and the relative of the NRK does not have any avenue of help. The maximum amount recommended for the repatriation of the mortal remains from abroad is Rs. 50,000/- and Rs. 10000/- from within India. Application Form and Guidelines

Certificate Authentication Centres
For attesting the educational certificates of job seekers going abroad. HRD, MEA and Embassy attestations are obtaining from a single office. At present there are three attestation Centres in Kerala at Trivandrum, Ernakulam and Calicut. more...

NRK Identity Card- project

The government of Kerala has entrusted NORKA-ROOTS to issue photo identity cards for the non-resident Keralites working for a minimum of 6 months in a foreign country. The ID Card will be issued to all the NRK’s working abroad across the globe. The ID Card will be used as a base material for long-term policy formulation of Government. more details...

Data Bank of NRKs
A sector wise Data Bank of NRKs is under preparation.

Help to Trace the Missing Keralites
It is found that a large number of Keralites are reported to be missing abroad. The reason for missing may differ from case to case. Some of them may be put to jails for dereliction of proper documents or some offences. Because of the relative's inability to follow through, most of them remain missed invariably.
As a nodal agency for the cause of NRKs, Norka-Roots cannot sit tight-handed in such a situation. So we would like to join the relative's plight to trace the missed ones abroad using the help of Government and other agencies.
It is decided that the relatives of near ones should report Norka-Roots the missing of the expatriate as soon as it is confirmed. At the same time, the missing should be reported to the police also. The petitioners should forward the complaints to the Superintendent of Police in the respective districts. The petition to Norka-Roots should contain the FIR number, date, Police Station, Police Circle and District. We shall release the data of the missing person along with a photograph to the public through media once we get the report of confirmation from the District Police Superintendent.
To complain about the missing person download the pro forma

Promotion of Malayalam language and culture
To encourage the usage of Malayalam among the third generation Malayalees, NORKA has set up a website for online teaching.

Cultural Exchange Programme between the Natives and Malayalees Settled Abroad
To describe more about the native land of Kerala among the third generation NRKs.

Promotion of Regional Development with the Active Participation of NRKs
To ensure that the NRKs contribute their mite for the development of their villages, NORKA has launched a scheme called My Village, My Dream.

Organisation of Annual Meets for NRKs
In order to gather active participation of NRKs in the development activities of Kerala, we should maintain good relation and co-ordination with them. NORKA Department is always taking the initiative to discuss various issues of NRKs and provide assistance to solve those problems abroad and in the home country. NORKA-ROOTS has conducted annual meet of NRKs called ‘Samavayam’ in 2001, 2002 and 2005. The Marunadan Malayalee Meet (Samanvayam) was held in 2003 and 2005. Similarly, the annual meet for returnees (Samagamam) was held in 2002 and 2005. Keraleeya Pravasi Sangamam was held in 2008. The annual meets organized have given a new insight into the problems of NRKs, which will help in the formulation of their welfare programmes.

Recognition of Malayalee Associations
Norka-Roots started recognition of Malayalee Associations functioning in overseas and in other states in India having more than three years of existence. more...

Pre-Departure Orientation Programme
This programme is intended to make our overseas job aspirants aware about general job situations abroad and to impart essential information relating to visa, emigration rules, employment contract, travel formalities etc. more details....

Manpower Recruitment
Norka-Roots obtained recruitment license in the year 2006 from Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs to recruit manpower from India to overseas countries. We do the entire recruitment exercise of sourcing candidates for the overseas employers as per their stipulations and line up candidates for their selection process.

Norka News
NORKA-ROOTS is publishing a multi colour quarterly Newsletter with a view to propagate the activities of NORKA & NORKA-ROOTS, among the Non Resident Keralites residing in India and abroad. It also helps prospective emigrants who explore the opportunities for education and employment abroad. The first issue was released on August 2009. It proposes to act as a wider platform for interaction among NRKs.

Database of Returnees due to Global Recession
In the wake of Global Economic Recession NORKA-ROOTS has already initiated steps to build a reliable data bank of Keralites returning from overseas for formulating policies for their rehabilitation. A registration form for this purpose has been designed and published in the website of NORKA-ROOTS facilitating online registration of returned keralites. more details....

Pravasi Welfare Fund
Kerala Government has now enacted a legislation called NRK Welfare Act 2008. The Act ensures the welfare of non-resident Keralites by providing for the constitution of a Welfare Fund on the basis of a Non-Resident Keralites’ Welfare Scheme to grant relief, pension, and other benefits to them. The age limits is 18yrs to 55 yrs. More details are available in

contact us:
(Head Office)
Thycaud, Thiruvananthapuram – 695014
Phone: 0471 2770500, 2332416, 2332452
Fax: 0471-2326263

for JOB PORTAL related matters
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ID Cards and Complaints
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Financial Assistances: Santhwana/Chairman Fund/Karunyam
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Attestation and Overseas Complaints
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for all other matters:

NORKA ROOTS Regional Office
(Certificate Attestation Centre)
Phone: 0471-2329950

NORKA ROOTS Regional Office (Calicut)
(Certificate Attestation Centre)
2nd Floor, Zamorin Square
Link Road,Kozhikkode
Phone: 0495 2304882, 2304885
Fax: 0495-2304883

NORKA ROOTS Regional Office
(Certificate Attestation Centre)
V.M. Complex
Building No. 41/1313 B
C.P. Ummer Road
Ernakulam - 35
Phone: 0484-2371830, 2371810

The NRK Development Officer
NRK Development Office
Room No. 255, Additional Block
Kerala House, 3-Jantar Mantar
Jantar Mantar Road
New Delhi – 110001
Phone: 011 – 23360350
Fax: 011-23360350

NORKA ROOTS Regional Officer
NRK Development Office
Plot No 8, Sector 30-A
Kerala House
Vashi, Navi Mumbai - 400703
Phone: 022-27812129

Norka Roots Satellite Office
Norka Roots Satellite Office
102-A Saiheights Merchant Compound
Makarpura Road Vadodara-390009

NORKA-ROOTS Satellite Office
Ground Floor
KTDC Rain Drops Business Hotel
169/2, Greams Road
Chennai-600 006

Norka-Roots Satellite Office
Sreenarayanasamithi Building
No. 1, Ulsoor, Tank Road
Bangaluru - 560 042

Confederation of Telugu Region Malayalee Association
Norka –Roots Satellite Office
C/o.Kairali Samajam
Opp.Railway General Stores, Mettuguda
Hyderabad -500 017

Norka Roots Cell
Annexe Building
Civil Station, Kannur- 670002
Phone: 0497-2765310

Norka Roots Cell
Civil Station
Kottayam - 686002
Phone: 0481-2580033

Norka Roots Cell
04th Floor, Civil Station
Thrissur - 680003
Phone: 0487-2360707

Norka Roots Cell
Civil Station
Phone: 0483-2732922

Norka Roots Cell
02nd Floor, Civil Station
Phone: 0474-2791373

Norka Roots Cell
01st Floor, Civil Station
Phone: 0491-2505606

Norka Roots Cell
Civil Station

Norka Roots Cell
Civil Station
Phone: 0468-2229951

Norka Roots Cell
Civil Station
Phone :-0477-2239100

Norka Roots Cell
Civil Station
Phone :-04994-257827

Norka Roots Cell
Civil Station
Phone : 0493-6204243

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