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Kerala CM raises Maldives work permit issue with Sushma

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan today urged External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to immediately resolve the issue of the Maldives not renewing work permits of Indian nationals and denying them a visa.

In a letter to Swaraj, a copy of which was released to the media here, he noted that more than 30,000 Indians, the majority of them from Kerala, were working in the education, health and tourism sectors in the Maldives, adding the restrictions has caused anxiety.

The work permits used to be usually renewed within a week but at present, they were not, he said while seeking Sushma Swaraj’s intervention, considering the issue as a national one.

Certain recent political development there was the reason for denying the work permits and visas, he said.

India and Maldives share diplomatic relations since the island nation became independent, he said adding the role played by Keralites in the economy of the island nation had been recognised by it.

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