According to reports, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has opposed the
granting of visa free entry to business visitors from selected group of
countries, especially from BRICS group and Regional Comprehensive
Economic Friendship (RCEP) countries.
The Commerce Ministry had pushed for relaxing visa norms for
18 countries belonging to these two groups to facilitate ease of travel
for business and tourism to India.
MHA is believed to have blocked this raising both issues of
safety and security as well as the already implemented Electronic
Tourist Visa (e-TV) regime, which already facilitates Indian visa within
48 hrs of applying online.
India has issued around 4.5 e-TV
since its roll out in November 2014. Tourists from 150 countries of the
world are eligible for e-TV currently.