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Thomas Kadavil nominated to LKS
January 6, 2018, 1:49 pm
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Thomas Mathew Kadavil, a well-recognized personality among the expats in Kuwait, is nominated to the maiden Loka Kerala Sabha (LKS), a permanent body constituted by the Kerala Government for the betterment, development and integration of Non-Resident Keralites.

Based in Kuwait, he has developed a reputation as a veteran social worker, journalist, writer, respected civil society leader and a strong advocate of the human right of migrants and refugees. He had represented the migrant workers of the Gulf region of UN, ILO and IOM in several of its interregional, regional and national level Consultations, Seminars and Conventions.

Through his positions in various organizations over the years in Kuwait: Kerala Art Lovers Association - KALA Kuwait as its President, Malayalee Media Forum- MMF Kuwait as its General Convener, Executive Committee member in Kerala Sangeetha Nadaka Academy, Kuwait Chapter, Patron Chengannur Pravasi Association, Kuwait and as Kuwait Coordinator of Kairali / People TV, he has contributed to the community welfare efforts of improving the standard and quality of life of Indian migrant workers.

The State Government of Kerala has decided to constitute LKS as a platform for the cultural, socio-political and economic integration of a myriad of Keralaites within the home state. The Loka Kerala Sabha consists of total 351 members of which 178 members of the Kerala Legislative Assembly, members of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha and the rest 173 consist of 100 members from nonresident Keralaite from abroad, 40 from Non Resident Keralites residing in India outside Kerala and 30 eminent Keralaties from different walks of life.

The first KLS will be convened in Kerala capital Thiruvananthapuram on 12 and 13 January, 2018 in the Kerala Legislative Assembly building which itself shows the importance the State of Kerala attaches to this august body.

The LKS will be another 'Kerala Model' for India and other states of India to emulate, and such forums gain significance as cultures and communities grow beyond geographical boundaries. Kerala’s people and its culture have travelled beyond borders and to every corner of the world, fostering their assimilation and integration with communities around the world. This is recognition by the government of Kerala for his exemplarily social work especially in helping the poor and needy migrants from India. His grass root level social work had benefitted umpteen numbers of fellow expats from India.

He helped many from SAARC countries at the time of General Amnesties declared by Kuwait to get repatriated to their homes safely. His days are occupied by calls for help and he will spend time coordinating with all concerned agencies in Kuwait as well as back in India to offer those desperate souls assistance. The Keralaites in Kuwait are happy to receive his nomination and for him to be their 'MLKS' (Member Loka Kerala Sabha).

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