PM Modi introduces 30-day free visa for Indonesians, invites them to Kumbh Mela

Jakarta: While announcing 30-day free visa for Indonesian citizens, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday invited Indonesians for the Kumbh Mela in 2019.

“Not only do the names of our nations rhyme but also there is a distinct rhythm in the India-Indonesia friendship,” Modi said while addressing a gathering of Indian diaspora at the Jakarta Convention Centre in the Indonesian capital.

He told the gathering, “We will grant free of cost visa for Indonesian citizens for travel of up to 30 days. Many of you may never have been to India. I invite you all to come to India for the Kumbh in Prayag next year.”

Kumbh Mela is one of the largest human congregations on the Earth.

Taking a dig at the previous governments, Modi said his government’s first priority was to make India ready according to the need and expectations of the 21st century by making the country corruption free, citizen-centric and development friendly.

“Our processes are transparent and sensitive. We have gone a step ahead of ‘Ease of Doing Business.’ Our focus is ‘Ease of Living. We have to make a ‘New India’. We have to start working to realise the dream of New India by 2022, when India will celebrate 75 years of her independence,” Modi said.

Emphasising on the fact that over 9,000 start-ups have been registered in India resulting in India building the world’s second largest start-up ecosystem, he said, “All this is happening, laws are the same, officers are the same, offices are the same, tables and chairs are the same, only the government has changed and the country is changing.”

“If the policy is clear and intension pure, then development has to happen which we have shown,” he asserted.

Prime Minister Modi, who arrived in Jakarta on Tuesday night on his first-ever official visit to Indonesia, earlier met President Joko Widodo at the Merdeka palace, one of the presidential palaces in Indonesia.

(With inputs from PTI)