"The state government will do everything it can to enable online voting for the Kerala diaspora and for that we will soon meet the prime minister, the Centre and the election authorities to see that this becomes a reality", said state Diaspora Minister K.C. Joseph in the Kerala assembly.

Joseph's statement came after treasury benches legislator P. Ubaidullah raised the issue that for five decades the Kerala diaspora has been the backbone of the state economy.

"As per the latest figures, the remittances of our diaspora have by now crossed one lakh crore rupees and this has become the single biggest reason for the development of the state," Ubaidullah said.

"But the sad thing is that this section of our people has no role in the electoral process of exercising their franchise. We should ensure that we see that this happens during the upcoming assembly polls," he added.

Joseph informed the house that now all the diaspora can get their names included in the ration cards.

"Ahead of the recently held civic body polls, we decided to include all the diaspora in the voters' lists. And in an all-party meeting called to discuss on how to enable the diaspora to cast their votes, there was consensus that there cannot be proxy voting", the minister said.

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