Indian PM Modi brings bill for merger of schemes for Overseas Indians soon

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made a number of offerings for Persons of Indian Origin (POI) and Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI). A draft bill that will enable the merging of two schemes for overseas Indians is soon to be brought before the cabinet for approval, an official said.

“The government has already started working for the following announcements made by the prime minister: Granting visa for life to PIO card holders, exemption for PIOs staying in India for long term from police reporting and issuance of long-term (10 year) visas to US nationals on reciprocal basis,” the communique said.

Modi, during his speech at the Madison Square Garden in New York Sep 28, while talking about consular and visa issues said that the government will join the PIO and OCI schemes for the diaspora and a new scheme would soon be announced.

iociThere was immense pleasure on the faces of our diaspora when I announced the visa-on-arrival facilities and the OCI and PIO merger in Australia and Fiji,” Modi wrote in his blog a day after ending his three countries visit.

“It is our responsibility to make the diaspora an integral part of our nation development journey and since the last few months we have channelized our efforts in this regard,” the prime minister said.

He also said visa-on-arrival facilities during his recent 10-day visit to Myanmar, Australia and Fiji.

Sharanya Bharathwaj