In a move aimed at assisting the ever-increasing e-tourist visa holders, the government has sanctioned 964 new posts for the immigration department that checks and monitors people entering and leaving the country.
“The Union home ministry has decided to quickly fill 964 additional posts seeking eligible candidates on deputation from paramilitary forces,” a ministry official said on the condition of anonymity.
The official added that Union home secretary Rajiv Mehrishi met all stakeholders in this regard. Earlier, it was decided that only officers of the rank of the sub-inspector will be eligible to join on deputation but the ministry has decided to relax the norms now. “Even graduate constables familiar with working on a computer will be allowed to join the department,” the official said.
The home ministry wants to start more dedicated desks for e-tourist visa holders as soon as possible. Only 16 airports across the country are notified entry points for e-tourist visa holders. The government recently added five sea ports as dedicated entry points and expanded scope of e-tourist visa to 158 countries.