India today expressed happiness that the UK government has taken on board the concerns raised by New Delhi as well as by other quarters and decided to scrap the proposed £3,000 visa bond scheme that would have affected a large number of Indians.
“(The) UK and India have a strategic partnership. People-to-people contacts provide strength and durability to our long-standing warm and friendly ties with the UK,” MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said in response to a question.
He recalled that soon after media reports on the proposed visa bond scheme came to the government’s attention earlier this year, India responded promptly by raising the issue with the UK government.“Our views on the subject were conveyed to the UK government at different levels, including by Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma in his meetings in June 2013 during his visit to London,” the spokesman pointed out.
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