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BANGALORE: Corrupt agents, backed by political parties to create a vote bank, the issue of illegal immigration of Bangladeshi nationals have kicked up a lot of row in the recent past. But, as promised by the BJP stalwarts to deport Bangladeshis if the party comes to power, the Union Home Ministry has taken a tough stand and shot down the Ministry of External Affairs proposals to ease restrictions on the arrival and movement of Bangladeshi nationals in the country, as reported by HindustanTimes. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj who is soon to make a visit to Bangladesh as part of the cautious agenda had presented two proposals in front of the Home Ministry; one being a visa-free entry to Bangladeshi nationals under the age of 18 and over the age of 65 years and another being a proposed granting visa-on-arrival facility to Bangladeshis. Following this course of action, the Home Department headed by Rajnath Singh took a tough stand and completely rejected both the proposals proposed by the MEA.“We have rejected both the proposals as non-deliverables due to security concerns. Lifting such restrictions can create huge problems in the bordering areas which already facing the problems due to illegal Bangladeshi residents. A formal letter had been sent to the MEA in this regard telling them both the proposals don’t find favour with the MHA,” said an MHA official. However, the long-term multiple entry tourist visas for Bangladeshis under the age of 18 and over the age of 65 is also in the row and is not ruled out by MHA.
The official further added, “At the moment, such Bangladeshis are given multiple-entry visa for one year. We don’t see any problem if the tenure of such visa can be extended up to five years but with the rider that visa-holder will have to appear before the Foreigner Regional Registration Office every year.”

Sushma Swaraj is said to make her visit to Bangladesh as part of the Narendra Modi government’s emphasis from June 25 and 27 on firming up relations with neighboring countries.

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