NEW DELHI - There has been a rise in the number of Chinese workers, including those semi-skilled, coming to India on business visas to implement or execute various projects, parliament was informed Tuesday.
Minister of State for Home Ajay Maken informed the Lok Sabha that 69,084 Chinese were issued business visas in 2008 against 58,406 in 2007. And at least 32,700 Chinese have already been issued business visas this year till June.
Maken said: It has come to the notice of this ministry that a large number of Chinese workers, including semi-skilled workers, have come on business visas to execute various projects in India.
The matter has been examined and it has been decided that all foreign nationals, including Chinese nationals, coming for executing projects will be eligible to come on employment visa, he said.
Workers who come to India for implementation or execution of projects require employment visas from the Indian government.