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CM Siddaramaiah officially Inaugurate ‘Karnataka NRI Forum’ – UAE in Dubai on 28th April

Published On : 24 Apr 2017   |  Reported By : Shodhan Prasad

The NRI Forum - Government of Karnataka is setting up the Karnataka NRI Forum – UAE under the dedicated leadership and guidance of Chairman Sri Siddaramaiah, Hon. Chief Minister of Karnataka and the Deputy Chairman Dr. Arathi Krishna. The proposed Karnataka NRI Forum, UAE (under the aegis of NRI Forum - Government of Karnataka) will be inaugurated and graced by Sri Siddaramaiah, Hon. Chief Minister of Karnataka on Friday, the 28th April 2017 at 3 pm in the Auditorium of Indian Consulate, Dubai along with the delegations from the Government of Karnataka including Mr. U.T. Khader, Hon. Minister for Food Supplies, Dr. Arathi Krishna, Deputy Chairman of NRI Forum Karnataka and the Diplomats of Karnataka Government. Consul General of India H.E. Mr. Vipul will grace the occasion as a Guest of Honour along with Padmashree Dr. B.R. Shetty who is the Honorary President of the Forum.

Sri Siddaramaiah
Hon. Chief Minister of Karnataka & Chairman, NRI Forum, Govt. Karnataka

The official programme will begin at 3 pm with various cultural programs performed by the children of NRI Kanndigas and around 5 pm the formal inaugural function will commence with the dignitaries all set to inaugurate the proposed “Karnataka NRI Forum – UAE” . All the Presidents and leaders of various Karnataka based Organization’s in the UAE, Leaders from neighboring Gulf States Bahrain, Oman, Qatar and well known business community leaders are cordially invited to attend this function.

In view of the diplomatic entry regulations at the Consulate General of India in Dubai, the guests and the attendees are requested to carry their valid Emirates ID/Passport along with the Official Invitation while attending inaugural ceremony. Though it is an open invitation to all Kannadigas in the UAE, the entrance is limited to those holding the above documents in order to accommodate the invitees with the limited seats in the Consulate Auditorium. One can also liaise with their respective organizational heads or the representatives of the proposed Karnataka NRI Forum Executive Board Members and collect their Invitations. In case anyone wish to attend this inaugural function, you may also contact Mr. Sadan Das on 050 7576238 for collecting your official invitation.


The proposed official Karnataka NRI Forum UAE (under the aegis of NRI Forum – Government of Karnataka) is a new branch Cell of NRI Forum, Govt. of Karnataka formed with the Chairmanship of Sri Siddaramaiah, Hon. Chief Minister of Karnataka who has consented to elect a leading Kannadiga Mr. Praveen Kumar Shetty as the working President to lead the proposed Karnataka NRI Forum in UAE. Under the leadership of Mr. Praveen Shetty, several meetings were held in Dubai to form an Executive Board of the Forum with very many respected distinguished Kannadigas from various sects of Karnataka residing in the UAE who unanimously consented to hold the portfolios of the Forum. Mr. Sarvothama Shetty, Mr. Jospeh Mathias, Dr. Kaup Mohamed & Harish Sherigar are the Vice Presidents of the Karnataka NRI Forum UAE while all others are the Executive Board Members with a total strength of 25 strong respected members. The Karnataka NRI Forum UAE is inspired by the activities of NORKA a NRI Cell for Keralites and will carry on their duties likewise.



The clear, transparent and main objective of Karnataka NRI Forum – UAE will be to work under the guidelines of NRI Forum – Government of Karnataka in order to encourage NRI to invest in the industries, projects and Research in Karnataka, develop programs of social economic spheres in the state of Karnataka and promote the well-being and welfare of the NRI Kannadigas in the UAE. This will be an unique opportunity to all the Kannadigas to promote NRI community from the State of Karnataka and provide aid to the needy NRIs of the UAE under the regulations and cooperation of the UAE Authorities, Consul General of India in Dubai/ Indian Embassy and the Government of Karnataka.

Dr BR Shetty


The main aim of the Forum is to assist NRI’s of Karnataka residing in the UAE; simplify their reach with the benefits they are entitled from the host - Government of Karnataka under the NRI Forum Karnataka, India.

The following are some of the activities enlisted for initiation for the development of the NRI Kannadigas based in the UAE: -

? To prepare a comprehensive database of all NRI’s from Karnataka State residing in the UAE and submit to the Government of Karnataka.

? To identify concerns and problems faced by NRI’s in UAE with the Government and provide protection as well as providing aids whenever required.

? To provide protection and necessary assistance to those NRI members family back home in Karnataka.

? To assist those Kannadigas who untimely lose their job in the UAE and wish to relocate back in their home town envisaging their basic needs on humanitarian grounds.

? To enable the Children of NRI’s simplify the entrance procedure for higher studies in Karnataka and see that all conditions are simplified to get admissions in the Colleges/Universities back home.

? To request Government of Karnataka to allow children of NRI’s in UAE to appear for common entrance tests for their University seats in the UAE itself.

? To assist the NRI’s at the time of opening up new ventures in Karnataka in getting easy loans with flexible installments and affordable interest rates.

? To simplify the process of getting PAN CARD, ID CARDS, RATION CARDS etc., for NRI’s within their brief visit to their home town.

? To arrange insurance protection to all Kannadiga NRI’s residing in UAE through Government of Karnataka

? To assist all Kannadiga NRI’s in availing the benefits of the State Government in a simplified manner legally.

? To assist investors in promoting industries in Karnataka as a part of the development projects

? To assist NRIs in promoting Information Technology management and research and disseminate knowledge and skills for the development of the Karnataka.

? Any other matters which may be considered from time to time according to the needs.

All the NRI Kannadigas residing in the UAE are cordially invited to be a part and parcel of this Karnataka NRI Forum UAE by registering their names with the Karnataka NRI Forum UAE so that the Cell will have complete information which may enable easy assistance at the time of need to put forth with the Government of Karnataka. Information about the registration can be availed through the leaders of various organizations in the UAE and from the representatives of Executive Board of Karnataka NRI Forum UAE.

The Forum is also pleased to inform all the Kannadigas Associations in the UAE that during the inaugural Ceremony, all Associations heads would have the opportunity to greet Honourable CM Siddaramaiah by presenting ONLY flower bouquet of your choice and no memento, shawl, gifts of any sort are allowed. All the associations do have the privilege of asking questions related to the NRI issues pertaining to the state, which will be answered by the CM provided those questions are sent to the Forum well in advance as being requested.

Praveen Kumar Shetty

Karnataka NRI Forum UAE will execute their role as per the guidance of the main body of NRI Forum Karnataka based in Bengaluru, India as briefed by the proposed President Praveen Kumar Shetty and General Secretary Prabhakar Ambalthare during their recent meet. The proposed President Mr. Praveen Shetty also mentioned that, the Executive Board of Karnataka NRI Forum in association with special standing committees will work for the benefit of all the NRI Kannadigas based in the UAE for their socio economic development without any type of discrimination based on the demographic characteristics.



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