NEW DELHI, July 23 � The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has clarified that there is no proposal to grant visa-free entry to Bangladeshi nationals.
The matter of visa norms has been discussed at various levels with Bangladesh, as part of the bilateral agenda between the two countries. As a result, Revised Travel Arrangements were signed with Bangladesh in January last to ease the visa obtaining procedures and promote people-to-people exchanges between the two countries, said Minister of State for External Affairs General (retd) VK Singh in a Lok Sabha reply.
About the raging controversy over visa-free entry, the Minister admitted there were media reports of some state governments opposing visa-free entry for Bangladeshi nationals.
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi was on record as having rejected the proposal pushed by the MEA. The Centre later denied existence of any such proposal, but added there was a proposal to relax visa norms for a certain category of Bangladeshi citizens.
About the Land Boundary Agreement (LBA), General Singh said that it was discussed at various bilateral meetings between the two countries.