India to Ease Visa Policies to Boost Service Sector

June 08, 2016
Indian Commerce and Industry Ministry is planning to frame a comprehensive visa policy to boost service sector of the country. A proposal for the same is being prepared at the Indian Prime Minister’s office. 

Regarding the proposal, the Indian Commerce Secretary Rita Teaotica held discussions with the Home Ministry and other departments. 

India to Ease Visa Policies to Boost Service Sector

The New visa policies will relax visa norms to the tourism, healthcare sectors and to the business individuals coming to India to attend conferences and seminars. 

The Commerce Ministry official said that "We want relaxation in visa norms for industries including healthcare, tourism, business and people coming for seminars and conferences. A note would be sent to the Home Ministry as it is their domain," 

The Commerce ministry’s initiative strengthens India’s service trade. 

Another Commerce Ministry official stated that India is missing significant opportunity worth $80 billion annually. Even the small countries are attracting millions of travelers every year, whereas tourists’ inflow to India is very low. 

The official reasoned that to meet the objective of the Government’s popular programmes like Digital India and Make in India, “we need to have an easy visa regime.”

For important and the most sensitive countries Indian Government is considering to introduce group visas to travelers and business people. 

"We also need investments in technologies. Several countries like Indonesia have significantly relaxed their visa norms and put in place modern systems to cut time," the official said. 

The Commerce Ministry is identifying areas that are creating barriers to the services and working on the specific reforms.

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