Kerala Government announced ‘Dream Kerala’ Project

The Kerala State Government Cabinet on 1st July 2020 has decided to roll out a project for the rehabilitation of Non-Resident Indian’s (NRI’s) returning to the state following the loss of employment due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The project has been named as ‘Dream Kerala’ Project’.

Important of NRI Remittances

For Kerala, the importance of NRI remittances is much more than any other state in the country, over the decades the remittances from the NRI’s have continued to play a significant part in the economy of the state. In 2018, NRI remittances were Rs 85,000 crore in the state. However, with the global financial crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic,  it is expected a total of around 52 percent of the NRI’s will return to the state after losing their jobs.

Dream Kerala Project

Through the Dream Kerala Project, not only rehabilitation will be provided to the returning expatriate but the success of the project will depend on the use of the expertise, skills, and knowledge of the returning Keralites who are trained in international job scenario and have an experience of the global market. The project will be coordinated through various departments of the Kerala Government.

The Chief Minister of Kerala Pinarayi Vijayan has set a target for the successful implementation of the project within 100 days from 1st July 2020. Within this time period, the State Government will accept proposals and suggestions from the Keralites, an expert panel will be formed to decide on proposals submitted, also a panel of young civil servants will be formed for expert opinions. Apart from these, from 15th to 30th July, a Dream Kerala Ideathon will be conducted followed by a Sectorial Hackathon from 1st to 10 August.

In the State Assembly, on 14th August 2020, the selected proposals will be presented.

77.95% Russians Voted in Favour of Constitutional Amendment, Putin can lead Russia until 2036

Constitutional Referendum as proposed by the President of Russia Vladimir Putin during his address to the Federal Assembly on 15th January 2020 was held from 25th June to 1st July 2020. As per the votes during the Referendum, 77.95 percent of Russian citizens have voted in support of the Amendments to the 1993 Constitution of Russia. Only 21.23 percent of the Russian Citizens voted against the Amendments.

Vladimir Putin can lead Russia until 2036

Vladimir Putin’s current term as the President of Russia ends in 2024. In the State Duma (Russian Parliament), Putin submitted the list of 14 draft amendments that will be changed under the 1993 Constitution of Russia. For introducing these amendments, he called for a nationwide referendum or a national vote. Apart from these, in 2020, 5 new Articles were added and 41 existing Articles have been already been rewritten in the Russian Constitution.

As per one of the amendments, the term of the current (Vladimir Putin) and former (Dmitry Medvedev from 2008-2012) President of Russia will be reset or counted from 0 from 2024 so that either of them can be elected as the President again in 2024. At present, a person can serve as the President of Russia for a maximum of two consecutive terms. A term of the President of Russia is of 6 years.

Vladimir Putin’s second consecutive term (from 2012-2018, 2018-2024) would have ended in 2024, but now with a clear majority of the Russian’s having opted for the Constitutional Amendments, Putin can remain as the President of Russia until 2036.