New Delhi: Investors in Kerala
including those based outside the country have decided to form a
non-political grouping to push for economic development in the
state, a NRI originally from Kerala said Saturday.
Noted NRI industrialist P.N.C. Menon suggested the idea, which was
supported by leading NRI investors including Gulfar Mohammadali,
Ravi Pillai, C.K. Menon and M.A. Yusuff Ali.
“The group will be formed in three months. It will be a non-profit,
non-political organisation. Our aim is to create an environment
conducive for development and generate 12 million job opportunities
in Kerala by 2020,” said Menon, chairman of the Sobha Group.
Menon said there are around 500
highly successful Malayalee investors, including outside the
country, and he was trying to coordinate with them.
“It will be a pressure core-group. Economic development of Kerala
with political consensus is the aim of the group. Any person who is
interested in investment and economic development of the state can
become a member of the group,” he told reporters.
Earlier in the day, Menon presented the idea before a meeting of
non-resident Kerala investors attended by state Industries Minister
Kareem accepted a demand by M.A. Yusuff Ali that an industrial park
should be created for NRI investors in Kerala.
“The government is willing to create an industrial park exclusively
for NRIs,” Kareem said.