In yet another major announcement in the Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said work is on to issue chip-based e-passports to Indian citizens under a centralized passport system.
He said that Indian embassies and consulates are being connected to the Passport Seva Project worldwide.
At the time, he was addressing the inaugural ceremony of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) 2019 in Varanasi.
He also said that work was on to simplify the process of issuing visas to PIO (Person of Indian Origin) and OCI (Overseas Citizen of India) cards.
The government’s endeavour was to see to it that Indians were happy and safe wherever they live abroad, he said.
PM Modi’s Mauritius counterpart Pravind Jugnauth, the chief guest at the event, commended India’s efforts in reaching out to the diaspora.
Earlier, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj welcomed the gathering.
Organised by the External Affairs Ministry and the Uttar Pradesh government, the Indian diaspora conclave this year has over 5,000 delegates registered.