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Indians have strong presence in Gulf countries

india Updated: Jun 28, 2009 19:26 IST

Rubbishing reports that Indians in Gulf nations are being forced to return home in the wake of ongoing recession, officials in Panaji said on the contrary "the number of people from the country are increasing."

"The reports are untrue. In fact, the number of Indians are increasing," Deepa Gopalan Wadhwa, Ambassador of India to the state of Qatar, said in Panaji on Sunday.

"In the last five months, the number of Indians to Qatar has increased by 30,000," she said, adding "according to an estimate, only 3,000 people were retrenched and sent back last year."

According to official figures, there are 4.62 lakh Indians in Qatar, she told reporters during an interaction session organised by Commissioner of NRI affairs Eduardo Faleiro.

Wadhwa said global recession has not impacted job prospects in the country much as its economy is growing at nine per cent.

Indian ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman, Anil Wadhwa, who was also present on the occasion, said India has strong presence in Oman as there are 130 Indian companies or joint ventures.