The Oommen Chandy government in Kerala has announced it will set up an NRI Commission to help resolve problems faced by the diaspora who will be able to approach it with various issues. The move follows numerous complaints, most of which pertain to boundary disputes on property, from the Kerala diaspora who are regarded as the backbone of the state economy on account of their remittances. Minister for home Ramesh Chennithala said he has spoken to State Diaspora Minister K C Joseph and they will discuss the plan with other officials shortly. Recent studies state that the number of Kerala emigrants as of 2014 was 23.63 lakhs, with 90 percent living and working in Middle East countries. During the period ending March 2014 total remittances stood at Rs. 72,680 crores. Chennithala said Punjab is the only state in India where such a commission already exists and it works well.