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Govt. asked to facilitate return of Indian migrants from Oman
Worried over the condition of Indian construction and domestic workers in Oman, civil rights..

THE MIGRANTS Rights Council (MRC) asked the Government of India to negotiate with the Government of Oman to facilitate the return of a large number of Indian migrants. A team of social workers and trade union leaders headed by MRC President P Narayana visited Oman from 15th to 20th February 2012. They noticed that, many Indian construction male workers and domestic female workers are facing problems in Oman.

Government of Oman declared amnesty in 2010 for irregular foreign workers to an easy exit without facing jail term and financial penalties. In that period 23,000 Indians had registered their names with embassy, but only 14,000 managed to return, remaining 9,000 are still stranded in Oman, out of which about 3,000 belong to Andhra Pradesh State.

MRC team said that migrants from Andhra Pradesh at Andhra galli, Bombay galli and Ruwi street in Oman want to come back to India. If an irregular migrant wants to come back to India they should pay a minimum fine of Omani Riyals OR: 400 (Equal to Rs.50, 000) and another fine for overstay, which will be calculated on overstay period.

During their visit in Oman, they collected 119 names who want to come back to India; some of these possess copies of their passports while some are un-documented. MRC Vice President M Bheem Reddy in a letter to the Union Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi and Minister for External Affairs S M Krishna said that irregular Indian migrants are suffering like anything; they have no work, no food and no accommodation.

He said that construction workers and workers are committing suicides, they are residing in narrow rooms like animals, starving and struggling for food. He urged the Union Ministers to use their good offices to rescue these poor and less privileged migrants by persuading the Government of Oman to waive all penalties. He also provided list of 119 migrants whom they identified are interested to return to their home state of Andhra Pradesh.

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