Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in his inaugural address at the ongoing Pravasi Bharatiya Divas said India beckons its overseas citizens as a land of opportunity.
Mr.Modi said: Our forefathers endured long journeys and carved a niche for themselves wherever they went. There was also a phase where educated Indians and professionals went abroad for more exposure or better prospects. Perhaps that phase was necessary.
Mr.Modi added: But today opportunities await you on Indian soil. Time has changed rapidly and the world is looking at India with hope. An Indian in any corner of the world has become a symbol of strength.
Mr.Modi said the government worked to merge Person of Indian Origin (PIO) and Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) schemes, making way for a one-time visa.
Overseas Indians would also be exempt from weekly police reporting.
Mr. Modi said these measures were not merely a matter of ease of administration, but of self-respect as well.