Visa applicants should not be discriminated against: Krishna

Union External Affairs Minister SM Krishna has said there should not be any discrimination against visa applicants of Indian nationality on grounds of domicile or ethnicity.

Updated: Feb 25, 2011, 15:44 PM IST

Itanagar: Union External Affairs Minister S
M Krishna has said there should not be any discrimination
against visa applicants of Indian nationality on grounds of
domicile or ethnicity.

In a letter to former BJP MP Kiren Rijiju, a copy of
which was made available to the press, Krishna said,
"Acceptance of stapled visas would imply a dilution of India`s
stand against Chinese territorial claim."

On January 25, Rijiju had stated in a letter to Krishna
that the decision of the Government of India to deny visit of
two Arunachal Pradesh residents to China by rejecting the
stapled visa was "not a wise decision".

Techi Abraham, the Joint Secretary of Indian
Weightlifting Federation and lifter Yukar Sibi, who were
issued stapled visas by the Chinese embassy, had to return
from Indira Gandhi International Airport on January 12.

They were to travel to China to take part in the China
IWF Weightlifting Grand Prix on January 13.

PTI