‘MEA doing their best to facilitate visa on arrival facility between India and Myanmar’IMPHAL | Dec 10
Union Minister of State for External Affairs, retired General Vijay Kumar Singh, said that the Ministry is trying their best to facilitate Visa on arrival facility between Myanmar and India citing the Act East Policy.
The Minister of state (MoS) arrived in Imphal on Monday on a two-day visit to oversee the operation of the Passport Seva Kendra, Imphal.
Vijay Kumar Singh further divulged that he is here to inspect the functioning of the passport office in Imphal.
“I am here to see what kind of services they (passport office) are giving to the people. Whether the people are happy with the services they are getting,” said Singh.
Singh said that India has entered into an arrangement for Visa on arrival facility with 163 countries, but only some have reciprocated to it.
As far as Myanmar is concerned, he reiterated, that the neighbouring country should also reciprocate for unless both the countries come to terms, it would be difficult. Nevertheless, he assured that the Ministry is trying their best.
He also assured to take up necessary steps to the avail Passport to the people in less than a week by making the verification procedure faster.
“As far as the applying for Passport is concerned the work of the MEA is very easy now that everything has been digitised. You can apply it using your smartphones. The verification process is where it takes time”, said the Minister.
The Minister of state also distributed passports to applicants in a simple function held at Passport Seva Kendra, Imphal, where he also assured that more offices would be opened in Manipur, to ensure that acquiring Passport is easier. However, media persons who went to cover the event were not able to do so with the intervention of Ph. Maheswari, Assistant Passport Officer (APO). The reporters were left with no choice to walk out from the event with the APO informing that media were not invited for covering the event. The media team had to wait for the MoS outside until the programme was over.
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