Muscat: The readers of Times of Oman distributed cans of Pocari Sweat t-shirts, Oman Mobile and Nawras cards, among 350 workers in a workers' camp here on Saturday.
The initiative was taken by the readers of the newspaper who travelled from Barkaa, Ghubra, Mabela, Darsait, and other parts of the city at the camp held near Al Wadi Al Kabir.
A reader of the newspaper said that the initiative was an effort to show solidarity with workers who were contributing to the development of the country. "They are building various types of infrastructure across the country. This was a gesture to thank them," he said.
During the extended afternoon break, workers were greeted by the readers of Times of Oman, and were served cans of Pocari Sweat besides other items.
V Ramakrishnan of Larsen and Toubro, Oman, in-charge of a camp of the company, said that more than 350 expatriates from India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh live along with the Omanis in the camp.
"The company takes good care of them. We give priority to their well-being, comfort and relaxation, and provide the best facilities in the camp so that they are productive and happy," he said, adding that the gesture shown by the readers of Times of Oman is overwhelming, and has boosted their morale.
S Chelladuria, also from Larsen and Toubro, Oman, said that the camp provides several entertainment facilities to workers, adding that the workers were served good quality food.
Om Parkash, who also lives in the camp, said that the company was taking care of their entire needs, and well-being. However, the support of the readers of Times of Oman indicated that the society also backed them.
Gifts for workers
Kamil, also from the camp, said that he was happy to receive the Pocari Sweat t-shirts besides Oman Mobile and Nawras mobile cards. "I will talk to my friends slightly more today over the phone, and feel good," he said.
Vinod Panicker, chief patron of the Times of Oman Readers' Club said that the newspaper supported the readers' initiative, and Pocari Sweat was the drink partner of the drive. "It was an overwhelming experience as the readers came from various parts of the city to make this initiative a success," he said.
Panicker added that the initiative has indicated that the readers were concerned about all sections of the society. He thanked them for their contribution to the developmental work that is underway across the country.