Published:  02:30 AM, 17 July 2017

People the base of relations

Says Indian High Commissioner Shringla

People the base of relations Harsha Vardhan Shringla

Indian High Commi-ssioner in Bangladesh Harsha Vardhan Shringla said the people of both countries will be the base of relations. India has special attention so that the development of relationship with Bangladesh brings benefits for both parties.
Shringla made this remark while exchanging views with a daily Bengali newspaper in the city yesterday. Harsha Vardhan Shringla said, some initiatives of Bangladesh especially according honor to the family members of Indian armies who laid down their lives in 1971 during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's India visit have deeply touched the people of India. He mentioned the making film on the life of Bangabandhu and celebrating golden jubilee of the Liberation War in 2021 in a joint manner.

About the visa processing of India, Shringla said, "After taking charge last year, I have heard repeatedly from the people of Bangladesh that they don't get appointments for online interview. It has  gone now. On which day the visa seeker applies, he/she can submit the visa application on that day. Visas are given to tourists one-year multiple, five-year for businessmen and five-year for people aged above 65 years. Besides, the women can submit the visa applications to the Indian visa center at Shyamoli on every Saturday."

He mentioned that there are plans to ease the visa processing more. From January to June this year, some 13 lakh Bangladeshi nationals have traveled India through Benapole-Petraple border.

In reply to a question that Bangladesh is disappointed for not signing the Teesta treaty during the prime minister's visit to India, the High Commissioner mentioned the joint statement of two prime ministers. He said, "One day the problem will be resolved. It won't be right to raise question about the lack of sincerity. Discussion is internally going on in this regard in India. But it can't be said when the treaty will be signed."

About the political situation of Bangladesh, Shringla said, "If Bangladesh any assistance for the democracy in Bangladesh, India will happily stand beside it especially strengthening the democratic institutions. But our statement is clear in regard of holding the election. It should be free and fair.

We believe the political parties should take part in the polls in a democratic system. We want to see Bangladesh as a successful and dynamic democratic country. The democratic aspirations in this country have repeatedly hampered since 1975. But the democratic trend has returned in Bangladesh.

Harsha Vardhan Shringla said, "Youths are the great resource of Bangladesh. About 70% people of the country are under 40 years. As a next-door neighbor, we always wish the people of Bangladesh."

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