On his maiden visit to Australia, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced visa on arrival facility for Australian tourists. He announced the same facility for America tourists when he recently visited US to meet Barack Obama.
Seeking support from NRIs in Australia for his Clean India campaign, he also set a two-month deadline for his own government to merge the long-awaited OCI (Overseas Citizen of India) and PIO (Persons of Indian Origin) status.
At the Allphones Arena in Sydney, Modi said that unlike previous governments, we believe in removing obsolete and unnecessary laws for hassle-free functioning. Overwhelmed by the turning up of around 20,000 people and the grand reception, the Indian Prime Minister said he was honored and will not forget this affection showered upon him. He stated that he knows the expectations from people living in & outside India and his government will create India they are dreaming of.
Modi stated that the BJP government was working on expediting the process of introducing visa on arrival facility for Australian tourists. He further said that PIO and OCI status will be put in one category before the Pravasi Bhartiya Divas to be commemorated from January 7 in Ahmedabad. The Indian prime Minister had announced this merger during his visit to US, but he did not give any time limit at that time.
The Prime Minister also talked about the economic reforms introduced by his government and said that India is now a lucrative option for investing. He also stated that the Foreign Direct Investment in Railways has been increased to 100% and Australian companies are most welcome to invest in the massive rail network of the country.
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