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Days after the visit of  Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, the Indian government is examining a proposal to relax the visa regime for Buddhist monks from Sri Lanka.

More than 55,000 monks visit India every year on employment visa to work in monasteries at New Delhi, Dharamshala, Varanasi, Kushi Nagar and Bodh Gaya, said officials.

As per the rules, monks are required to pay a visa fee of $150 for employment permit every year.

The one-year visa can be extended up to five years after which they are required to go back to Colombo and apply fresh, added officials. Sri Lanka has not only sought in relaxation of rules for these monks but has also urged the Indian authorities to waive of the visa fees. (Economic Times)

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  • Vivienne Tuesday, 25 October 2016 02:19 PM

    While our Govt is bending over backwards to sign ECTA, India does not allow the Lankan spouses of Indians to work in that country thereby denying their right to livelihood.

    Ranawaka Tuesday, 25 October 2016 02:25 PM

    India reciprocated MR's decision to hike Visa fees for Indians. It was a stupid move by MR.


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