As a minister, Alphons had made a recommendation to the Union Home Ministry to restore FCRA registration (to receive foreign funds) of various Christian churches, an action that has come under attack on social media.
E-visa fees were hiked up to 60 per cent in three categories — tourist, business and medical. While charges have been increased from $75 to $100 for the US and UK, the fees for others have been hiked from $50 to $80.
The minister thanked the Indian diaspora in China and the Consulate General of India in that country for the humanitarian gesture. Alphons is on a visit to China. He conducted road shows in Beijing, Wuhan and Shanghai to promote tourism.