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No final decision has been taken on a proposal to offer e-tourist visas to Chinese nationals, the government informed the Rajya Sabha Wednesday. The statement comes ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to China, where he is expected to make an announcement about a liberated visa regime for Chinese citizens.
Minister of State, Home, Kiren Rijiju also informed the House that the proposal to extend the facility of electronic visa-on-arrival need not be on a “reciprocal” basis.
“There is such a proposal but no final decision has been taken as yet,” Rijiju told Rajya Sabha while responding to a question by JD(U) leader Kahkashan Parveen. Responding to further questions by members, Rijiju said the visa regime was ‘non-reciprocal’ and its main purpose was to increase the number of visitors. When the minister was asked by a member whether there were any intelligence reports on the proposal, Rijiju said such information was normally not discussed in the public domain.
Meanwhile, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval held a meeting with senior home ministry officials Wednesday to give final touches to the proposal as intelligence agencies have reportedly opposed the move. Modi is scheduled to visit China on May 14; a final decision on the visa issue may come a day or two before his visit, said a senior government official.