Info on visas to be shared on real-time basis: PC

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New Delhi, Dec 1: Home Minister P Chidambaram on Tuesday, Dec 1, said that the government has decided to link all offices dealing with providing travel documents to foreigners to ensure sharing of information on a real-time basis.

Addressing a press conference, he said, "This project is to ensure that (real-time) kind of connectivity takes place so that information is shared instantly on a real-time basis and decisions can therefore be taken on a real-time basis."

The move comes in the wake of the reports that the Indian Consulate in Chicago had issued visa to Rana, a Pakistani-Canadian, without referring his case to the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Under this proposal, the offices of Foreigners' Division, Foreigners' Regional Registration Office, Ministry of External Affairs and all its Missions abroad will be interlinked, he said.

"As it was issued by Counsel General in Chicago, there was no real-time information. So what we need is real-time sharing of information among all the offices which are dealing with foreigners," he said.

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