People Can Apply For A Passport From Anywhere In India, Sushma Swaraj’s New Initiative

The Logical Indian Crew India

June 27th, 2018 / 1:26 PM

Passport Application

Image Credits: Hindustan Times, Times Of India 

Ministry Of External Affairs is all set to make the process of passport application a lot smoother for Indian citizens. On the occasion of the sixth Passport Seva Divas, MEA minister Sushma Swaraj, while addressing officials of several Passport Seva Kendras and members of the Ministry of External Affairs, stated that these “revolutionary” changes were made to make the process less cumbersome.


Process Of Passport Application

According to the MEA press release on June 26, a person can now choose the Regional Passport Office (RPO) and the Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) or Post Office Passport Seva Kendra (POPSK) for applying  irrespective of whether the present residential address specified in the application form lies within the jurisdiction of the selected RPO or not. For example, someone, who is working somewhere which is not the same place as his residence, can now apply for a passport at their nearest Regional Passport Office or Passport Seva Kendra or Post Office Passport Seva Kendra irrespective of their residential address falling under the jurisdiction of that particular office.

The police verification, if required for a specific passport, would be conducted at the address specified in the application form.  Reportedly, the ministry has restricted the role of police verification only to find out if a person has a criminal background or not.



Passport App

Additionally, the minister also launched a revamped version of the 2013 Passport app which will have the facilities for applying and scheduling appointments for acquiring a passport. This app is available on both Android and iOS devices. The users can track the status of their passport applications using file number and date of birth, and the status of dispatched passports can also be monitored.

According to News18, the ministry said, “With the launch of this mPassport Seva App, citizens would not require access to a computer and printer to apply for passport services”.


Future plans for seva kendras

According to the ministry, 77 Passport Seva Kendras were made available in the last 48 years while 231 more were added in the last 48 months. Additionally, Swaraj also announced that the ministry wants to open at least one Passport Seva Kendra or Post Office Passport Seva Kendra in each of the country’s 543 Lok Sabha constituencies. At present, there are 307 PSKs in the country.

Since Swaraj assumed the role of Minister of External Affairs, a number of unnecessary requirements for obtaining passports have been scrapped, which include a show of marriage certificates at the time of the application process. This was Swaraj’s first public appearance after the twitter fiasco, where she was trolled for acting on a complaint made by an interfaith couple in Lucknow alleging harassment by a passport official.


Also Read, Passport Officer Humiliates Inter-Faith Couple & Asks Husband To Change Religion, Transferred


Contributors

Written by : Sromona Bhattacharyya

Edited by : Abhinav Joshi

Share your thoughts..

Related Stories

Sushma Swaraj

Sushma Swaraj Abused Online Over Inter-Faith Couple Passport Issue, No Statement From BJP

Doklam

“War Not An Option, Solution Can Only Be Reached Through Dialogue”: Sushma Swaraj On India-China Military Standoff

Gurdip Singh

Sushma Swaraj In Action: Indonesia Cancels Gurdip Singh’s Execution

Maneka Gandhi Requests Sushma Swaraj To Remove Mandatory Father’s Name In Indian Passport

Sushma Swaraj Swings Into Action, India To Evacuate Citizens From Sudan

Sushma Swaraj Promises To Help Pakistani Girl Who Wants To Become A Doctor In India

Latest on The Logical Indian

News

MP: To Televise PM Modi’s Live Speech, 450 Cows Forced Out Of Cowshed, 8 Starved To Death

Environment

Thousands Of Dead Fishes Wash Ashore Mumbai’s Beaches After Ganesha Visarjan

News

11 Lions Die In 8 Days In Gir Forest, Officials Say Deaths Due To Infighting And Not Foul Play

Health

Doctors Must Write Prescriptions In Capital Letters: Jharkhand Govt Issues Notification

News

Disclose Names Of IIT JEE Qualifying Candidates: IIT-G Students Demand In A PIL Against ‘Super 30’ Founder Anand Kumar

News

HC Gives BBMP Time Till 24th September To Fill Up 2,172 Potholes In Bengaluru

x

Stories that deserve attention, delivered to your inbox!

Handpicked, newsworthy stories which deserve the attention of a rational generation.