Indian missions abroad to soon issue passports within 48 hours
Indian missions across the world would soon issue passports in less than 48 hours to citizens abroad. The information was shared by Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh while addressing a gathering after launching the ‘Passport Seva’ project at the Indian Embassy in New Delhi on November 24, 2018.
Singh said that the passport offices at Indian missions have been digitally linked with the data centre in India, which would speed up the process of issuing passport.
• Earlier this week, the Indian mission at New York had issued passports in less than 48 hours. The same will soon start happening across the world.
• Lately, there has been a major simplification of rules and regulations for passport applicants. In fact, verification of a lot of information of the applicants would now be done digitally.
• The 'Passport Seva' project was first launched in the United Kingdom in October 2018. In the United States, the project was first rolled out in New York on November 21, followed by Washington on November 24.
• The project would be subsequently launched in Indian Consulates at Atlanta, Houston, Chicago and San Francisco.
• Following this, the project would be extended to all the Indian missions across the globe.
The project aims to deliver all Passport-related services to the citizens in a timely, transparent, more accessible, reliable manner and in a comfortable environment through streamlined processes and committed, trained and motivated workforce.
It will create a countrywide networked environment for Government staff and integrate with the State Police for physical verification of applicant's credentials and with India Post for the delivery of passports.
The move is going to quantitatively and qualitatively improve India’s passport services immensely, both in the scope of the applications that can be handled and also in the way they will be handled and the way they will be integrated into the overall much better consular services.
The Indian government will soon issue a new set of passports, the design of which has already been approved.
The new passports will have advanced security features and better printing and paper quality.
However, there will be no change in the colour of the Indian passport.
Further, India aims to have 500 passport officers or centres across India by March 2019 to ensure that no citizen in India has to travel more than 50-60 km to apply for a passport. Currently, the number stands at 336.