In­di­ans have made valu­able con­tri­bu­tions to Omani econ­omy

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A to­tal of 47,016 In­dian mi­grants came to Oman from Bi­har, with a fur­ther 31,802 from Tamil Nadu, 27,522 from Ker­ala and 20,989 from Ra­jasthan.

How­ever, Rathish Kalem­bath, the con­venor of the Ker­ala Wing of the In­dian So­cial Club, said In­di­ans would con­tinue to play a sig­nif­i­cant role in help­ing lo­cals in Oman get the best out of their re­sources.

“In­di­ans have been work­ing along­side the Omani pop­u­la­tion for many decades now,” he told Times of Oman.

“We have been work­ing across many sec­tors in the coun­try, whether it is education, fi­nance, medicine, and so many other fields. You see so many In­dian doc­tors and nurses in hos­pi­tals to­day, you see so many teach­ers in schools and uni­ver­si­ties, and you see many In­dian au­di­tors and ac­coun­tants in of­fices, to name just a few of the fields In­di­ans have worked in. There are also many In­di­ans who work in the con­struc­tion sec­tor and have done a lot to­wards con­tribut­ing to Oman; so which­ever field you may look at in the coun­try, In­di­ans have con­trib­uted.”

“There are a lot of mem­bers from the Ker­alite com­mu­nity that are em­ployed here,” added Kalem­bath.

“You get many Ker­alite busi­ness­men who make full use of the op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able to them here in Oman to add to the econ­omy, and they have done quite well. I think the best ex­am­ple of co­op­er­a­tion be­tween In­dia and Oman is the sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of busi­ness­men who are now nat­u­ralised Omani ci­ti­zens, thanks to the as­sis­tance they pro­vided Oman in help­ing the coun­try grow and develop. I would like to thank our Omani hosts for giv­ing us this chance to work and con­trib­ute to­wards the de­vel­op­ment of our coun­try.”

Ex­pat res­i­dents from these states who lived in Oman also shared their thoughts on liv­ing in Oman, though some said it might be time for them to go back.

Great place to live

“There is no doubt that Oman is a great place to live,” said Su­dar­shan Ku­mar, who worked as an ac­coun­tant.

“This is like home to us, but we must re­alise that our time here is lim­ited, just like it would be in any other over­seas coun­try. Ear­lier, I used to have around three or four In­dian col­leagues with me, and we used to go out for lunch together, hang out together, but now my com­pany is slowly phas­ing out ex­pat labour and re­plac­ing them with Oma­nis. This is only nat­u­ral, though, be­cause the gov­ern­ment has to look af­ter its own peo­ple, and it is what it is.”

Ahmed Bi­lal, who worked as a tele­com en­gi­neer in the coun­try, added, “The work is hard, but the peo­ple are hard­work­ing as well. To be hon­est, there is no room for com­plain­ing in our com­pany from either the Oma­nis or the ex­pats, be­cause all of us are here to work. When we work with our Omani col­leagues, there is no dis­tinc­tion as to where we are from, maybe with the ex­cep­tion of the clothes we wear. I am cur­rently sta­tioned in Duqm to help with the con­struc­tion here, and I have learnt so many skills in Oman that will ben­e­fit me in my ca­reer. You also learn a lot af­ter in­ter­act­ing with the peo­ple here.”

Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs

The same was re­flected in a state­ment from the Min­istry of Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs in In­dia, which said, “In­dia and Oman have ex­panded their bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion and ex­changes since the es­tab­lish­ment of diplo­matic re­la­tions in 1955, forg­ing a mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial strate­gic part­ner­ship. In­dia-Oman bi­lat­eral re­la­tions are an­chored in their shared in­ter­ests, mu­tual un­der­stand­ing and re­spect for each other’s pri­or­i­ties, con­cerns and sen­si­tiv­i­ties. Reg­u­lar high-level vis­its and ex­changes have been a key fea­ture of this re­la­tion­ship. Vis­its at the high­est level have been ex­changed fre­quently be­tween In­dia and Oman.”

“Key bi­lat­eral agree­ments/ MoUs be­tween In­dia and Oman cover co­op­er­a­tion in health, tourism, de­fence, peace­ful uses of outer space, visa ex­emp­tion for hold­ers of diplo­matic/of­fi­cial/ special pass­ports, le­gal and ju­di­cial co­op­er­a­tion in crim­i­nal mat­ters, ex­tra­di­tion, le­gal and ju­di­cial co­op­er­a­tion in civil and com­mer­cial mat­ters, agri­cul­ture, civil avi­a­tion, avoid­ance of dou­ble tax­a­tion, stan­dards and mea­sures, man­power, mar­itime is­sues, joint in­vest­ment funds and cul­tural co­op­er­a­tion,” added the min­istry. “There is also in­sti­tu­tion-to-in­sti­tu­tion-based co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries.”

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