Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba launched the online Event Clearance System (ECS) for grant of security clearance to the conferences/seminars/workshops organized in India in New Delhi today. The ECS will enable the Indian Missions abroad to issue Conference Visas to foreign nationals/delegates intending to attend such events organized by a Ministry or Department of the Indian Government, State Governments or UT Administrations, Public Sector Undertakings, Central Educational Institutions, Public Funded Universities or private institutions or NGOs.
While introducing the online module, Gauba said that the whole process will now be paperless and standardized resulting in effective monitoring and timely disposal. Various officials involved in the process can access the online application and documents and take a proper decision to facilitate the organizers and participants of such conferences. Gauba complimented the officials of the Foreigners Division for their several successful initiatives related to FCRA, FRRO, OCI and the like that made the processes work faster, being absolutely transparent and paperless. He urged them to continue to work in the same direction.
Prior to the introduction of the online module, the organizers were required to apply for the clearances in the physical form along with the required documents. The processing of event clearance was also an offline procedure. Clearances were being issued by the Ministry in a physical format. Indian Missions were always authorized to issue conference visas to delegates on production of an invitation to a conference/seminar/workshop being organized in India. However, prior reference was required to be made to the Ministry of Home Affairs before granting conference visas to foreigners participating in conferences, seminars, workshops etc.