4,000 Indians who overstayed in Oman finally leave
About 4,000 Indians who overstayed in Oman have left the country after they were given outpasses, the Indian envoy in Muscat said today.world Updated: Apr 17, 2010 17:12 IST
About 4,000 Indians who overstayed in Oman have left the country after they were given outpasses, the Indian envoy in Muscat said on Saturday.
"We are making all efforts to speed up the process of repatriation of overstayers with the Omani ministry of manpower," said Indian Ambassador to Sultanate of Oman, Anil Wadhwa.
He said there were about 25,000 Indians who are supposed to leave by May 31, a deadline set for illegal workers.
"Some 21,000 have already been registered with the embassy which has also finished the process of collecting fingerprints of 15,000 people. This is an important part of the process of the repatriation," he said.
There are around 600,000 Indians who have been working and residing in Oman for the past three decades.
In order to maintain law and order, the Omani authorities periodically declare amnesty for illegal workers so that they can leave the country.
Sathish Nambiar, president of the Malayali Association, said the Omani authorities have been very helpful and friendly towards Indians.
"Part of the credit goes to His Majesty Sultan Qaboos who maintains very cordial relations with India," said Nambiar.