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Iraq-return nurses to get salary arrears: Chandy

PTI  Thiruvananthapuram, July 11, 2014
First Published: 21:08 IST(11/7/2014) | Last Updated: 21:13 IST(11/7/2014)

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Friday assured that the 46 nurses from Kerala, who were evacuated from violence-hit Iraq recently, would get their salary arrears amount shortly.

Salary arrears would be collected through Indian embassy and it would be given to nurses, he said at a meeting convened here by Non-Resident Keralites Affairs Department (NORKA) with nurses to discuss issues related to their rehabilitation.

The nurses, who were held captive by ISIS militants in Iraq for about a month, returned home by a special Air India Flight on July 5.

Another major issue bothering nurses was their debt at home, he said adding in a bid to provide relief in this regard, an NRI business and NORKA Vice-Chairman CK Menon has offered to pay Rs. 3 lakhs each to them.

Chandy said NORKA would pay the ticket fare to ten nurses who returned from Iraq on their own at the start of the conflict in that country.

Efforts were on to provide them jobs in hospitals in the state itself, he said. Steps also would be taken to get them employed abroad if they want, he added.

Many hospital heads who attended the meeting also offered jobs to nurses.

Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly VS Achuthanandan and state ministers KM Mani, KCJ seph, PK Kunhalikutty and PJ Joseph were among those who participated in the meeting.

Before the meeting, Chandy had lunch with 46 nurses and their parents at the government guest house, the venue of the meeting. Chandy interacted with nurses to have a first hand account of the happenings during their stay in Iraq.

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