“We appreciate the decision by the Amir of the State of Qatar to enable the release and homecoming of these nationals,” the ministry said in a statement, adding that seven of the men had returned to India.
Indian Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra said the two governments were working on the return of the eighth retired officer.
The news came after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Qatar's Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani on the sidelines of the COP28 climate talks in Dubai in December. It was unclear whether the two leaders discussed the case.
Millions of Indians live and work in the Gulf, a large number of them as semi-skilled or unskilled workers. They constitute an important source of income for India and contribute to the success of Gulf economies.