The Omani authorities have agreed to allow thousands of Indians living illegally in the country to go home without paying fines following an initiative by the Indian Embassy.
Indian Ambassador Anil Wadhwa said that in 2007, Oman government consented to allow illegally residing Indians to leave the country without paying any fines but subject to normal checkig of their antecedents.
Subsequently, the embassy registered such cases and two lists, one containing 5,541 names of those who came to Oman on Employment Visas, and the other of 2,603 names of persons who arrived in the country on visitors' visa were prepared. "The lists have been submitted to the government of the Sultanate," the ambassador said.
The Omani government would start processing the cases this week, after which names of those who have been prima-facie cleared would be published in newspapers, he added.
Under a similar amnesty granted to overstaying Indians earlier, 15,000 people had registered with the embassy, of which 13,900 have left the Sultanate.