Oman job cuts not Indian-specific: Centre
Gulf country decides to fire expat workers from state-sector companies
- The Gulf countries greatly value their relation with India. They also value the role of the Indian diaspora in the development of the region.
- The policy of Oman is not specific to India and it does not target Indians.
- Oman’s Finance Ministry issued a new set of guidelines ordering state-owned companies to “expedite replacement of expatriates with Omanis”.
- According to some estimates, around a third of Oman’s 4.6 million residents are expatriates who work in state-owned and private sectors.
- There are at least 8,00,000 Indian workers in the kingdom and a part of them are likely to be impacted by the order.
- Though the order is limited to the state-owned companies, it is understood that the private sector will be under pressure to follow the state sector’s example.