Delhi Diary: Non-Resident Indians Play A Big Role In India's Economy

Last update: 13/02/2018

By Shakir-Husain

iShakir Husain, Bernama's correspondent in New Delhi shares his take from the Indian sub-continent.

NEW DELHI (Bernama) -- A report presented in the assembly of India's southern state Kerala recently had an important detail pertaining to the huge role India's migrant workers play in the country's economy.

Non-resident Indians (NRIs) from Kerala have amassed 1.52 trillion rupees (US$23.7 billion) in bank deposits.

Kerala accounts for a large number of migrant workers from India and most of them are employed in the Arabian Gulf region.

There seems to be a regional pattern in the distribution of NRIs across the world. Many of those who look towards the US are from the Telugu regions of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana in south India. In particular, the US is a favourite destination for technology professionals from these states.

Malaysia and Singapore are popular among NRIs from Chennai and Tamil Nadu, while Canada is particularly liked by those migrating from Punjab.....