Kottayam: Few days after the commencement of the ‘Pravasi Bharatiya’ meet, Union Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi announced the implementation of pension scheme for overseas Indian workers in the current year.
  
Inaugurating Kerala convention of Federation of Malayalee Associations of America here on Saturday, Ravi said all employees who were working abroad and seeking emigration clearance would become members of the scheme, announced by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
  
Ravi said as per the contributory pension scheme the beneficiary has to remit a fixed amount and an equal amount be contributed by the Centre. In the case of women the government share of remittance to the scheme would be double the amount paid by the beneficiary.
  
The government was taking steps to complete the formalities to give voting rights to non-resident Indians at the embassies.
 
Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said non-resident Keralites contribute much for the development of the state.

(Agencies)