Muscat: On the eve of India’s Republic Day, Indian expats living in Oman are hoping for more jobs and security, as well a growing economy that meets the aspirations of a young and vibrant country.
Aloke K, an engineer by profession, said he expects all-round development and better fiscal management to tide over any impact of the global meltdown. “I am positive that we shall beat the global trend and continue to inspire investors from across the globe,” he told the Times of Oman.
Another expat, S. Ghosh said the safety of Indians still remains a huge concern whenever he goes to India. “The BJP government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be completing two years and now we expect India to concentrate more on improving the safety of common people,” he said.
Hailing from Patna, Ganesh Upadhyay, said he expects India to attract foreign investment and hopes the BJP government will simplify the business process for setting up a business.
“Though a drop in oil prices is hampering the Middle East market, it may work to the advantage of India,” he stated.
Expats also hoped that this year, PM Modi will work to fulfil promises he made two years ago when he won the elections. “We also want more flights to India, especially from Salalah as a large number of Indians live here,” said Suresh, who is based in Salalah.
Many expats also hoped that work would start on developing smart cities, bullet trains and achieving greater air connectivity between both the countries.
They also expressed optimism that the “Make in India” campaign announced by Modi would receive a boost this year with more foreign direct investment.
Home to one sixth of world population, Indian expats also believe India will work towards the goal of providing health, education and empowerment for all Indians.
Expats hoped that the India-Oman ties will strengthen in the coming months. “We Indians feel proud to be accepted within the cultural fabric of the Oman,” they added.