Government formed panel due to demonetisation to help Tourists

The government has formed an inter-ministerial committee to look into concerns expressed by NRIs, tourists from abroad and foreign missions over demonetisation, the ministry of external affairs said on Thursday.

While foreign missions had sought MEA’s intervention to facilitate smooth collection of consular and visa fee and to allow them access to more funds, NRIs, money exchange associations, and foreign tourists abroad too have expressed concern about the difficulties being faced by them.
“The department of economic affairs has now formed an inter-ministerial committee headed at the level of an additional secretary. A senior joint secretary from the ministry of external affairs is also a member of that committee and we await their guidance, their advice and their recommendation which can then be shared with those various categories who have approached us,” said MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup.
“Some (foreign missions here) have wanted to know if they could collect consular and visa fees in old notes. If so collected, they have sought to know how will those be exchanged,” said Swarup.
The second set of issues, he said, was related to NRIs having cash, or those holding Indian currency abroad. “If somebody has money abroad, and is not travelling to India immediately, what happens? How does he get new notes for those old notes?”
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