Another special visa camp for Bangladeshis soon: Indian HC

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Dhaka, June 13: Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh on Monday said that they would launch another special visa camp like the Eid-camp for Bangladeshis in a few months.

They are also mulling to set up such camps as well.

“This initiative was the first, but it will not be the last. In the next few months, there will be another such visa camp in other parts of the country,” the Indian envoy Harsh Vardhan Shringla said while addressing a programme in Baridhara area of the city.

Consideration for setting up more special visa camps came in response to the “huge popularity” of the prevailing special Eid visa camp set up in Dhaka from June 4.

In reply to a query, the Indian official said that the country has plans to set up such visa camps through other parts of Bangladesh seeing the overwhelming response.

A 12-day special visa camp began in Dhaka from June 4, aimed at popularising India as a tourist destination for Bangladeshis during Eid-ul-Fitr holidays.

“We have seen overwhelming response,” the envoy said. “There were some 10,000 applicants standing in queues for the visa every day.”

According to him, India plans to dish out around 50,000 to 60,000 tourist visas during this time. These will be a one-year multiple entry visas for the applicants.

In future, he assured, initiatives would be taken to simplify the visa processes for Bangladeshis.

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