NEW YORK: To loud cheers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today announced a lifetime visa for holders of the Person of Indian Origin or PIO card. He also announced visas on arrival for US citizens at New York’s Madison Square Garden. (Highlights of PM Modi’s Speech)
“Happy?” he asked as the crowd cheered his announcement with chants of “Modi, Modi”.
“There is even more to come,” he said, smiling. He announced that those with PIO cards will no longer have to report regularly to a police station.
Mr Modi said his government was committed to solving the problems of people of Indian origin who held different cards like the one for PIOs or then the Overseas citizen of India or OCI card, and said these schemes would soon be combined. (Top 10 Quotes from PM’s Speech)
About 18,500 Indian Americans packed the venue. Many more watched the PM’s near hour-long address on large screens at Times Square.