New Delhi: Aimed to keep a tab on foreigners
with dubious identity entering into the country, the
government has launched a more than Rs 1,000 crore project
connecting Indian missions abroad to obtain and track
information on such travellers on a real-time basis.
Home Minister P Chidambaram said the IVFoRT programme was
intended to connect the large majority of missions abroad, the
central foreigners bureau, the immigration points and
Foreigner Regional Registration Offices (FRROs).
"All of them are linked so that the entire system of
issuing visa and registering foreigners is online and
"At this moment we do not have that kind of system. That
is the goal of the programme. The Rs 1,011-crore mission mode
project is called Immigration, Visa and Foreigners`
Registration and Tracking (IVFoRT)," he told reporters here.
The project continues to make good progress. The Project
Management Group has been set up, Visa application forms
standardised, online visa application system and electronic
transfer of messages operationalised for Indian High
Commission in Islamabad and connectivity with immigration
headquarters for security agencies and Indian High Commission
in Dhaka established, he said.
After setting up of the new system, the Home Ministry will
run a check on the applicant and revert to the Indian High
Commission in a month`s time and communicate the same to the
The project had been expeditiously mooted in the aftermath
of the David Headley case, where the Pakistani-American LeT
operative travelled across India during multiple visits and
conducted reconnaissance of future terror targets in the
country while remaining undetected.