India has a separate category of conference visa and anybody organising a conference, especially international bodies, must get a Home Ministry clearance.
Union Home Ministry has raised security concerns to the Tourism Ministry proposal to extend e-visa for conference delegates.
“The Home Ministry has raised some security concerns with the e-visa for conference. It may not get a green signal from the Home Ministry for the time being,” a Tourism Ministry source said.
However, he said the online visas would soon be extended for delegates coming to India for attending meetings and exhibitions. India has a separate category of conference visa and anybody organising a conference, especially international bodies, must get a Home Ministry clearance for the subject of the conference, the source said.
Tourism ministry had sought e-visa facility for Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibition (MICE) segment to boost the tourism. As per a latest release by International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), more than 11,000 large-scale meetings have been organised across the world.
Globally, the MICE segment, with a 54 per cent market share, has overtaken the traditional business trips segment. The US, Germany, Spain, the UK and France are the top five countries in the world in organising meetings.
Source : Indian Express