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 CSC Passport service centres proposed in districts

The common service centre that was already functioning in the RPO office here had reduced the delay in issue of passports significantly.

The Regional Passport Office, Chennai, has proposed to set up service centres in district and taluk headquarters office to make it easy for applicants to complete the formalities. Applicants can come with the necessary documents to the district or taluk office where employees would fill in the online application form on a payment of Rs.100.

According to Regional Passport Officer K. Balamurugan, the common service centre that was already functioning in the RPO office here had reduced the delay in issue of passports significantly. Recently the Ministry of External Affairs awarded a certificate of appreciation to the Chennai RPO for achieving high standards of passport service delivery to citizens during 2014-15.

The office, which caters to nine northern districts and the Union Territory of Puducherry, had issued 4.15 lakh passports last year, ranking third in the country in terms of demand for the document.

Across the country one crore passports were issued last year. In 2013-14, the Chennai centre issued 3.90 lakh passports while 90 lakh passports were issued across the country.

“At present we receive 2,550 applications every day from nine districts in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. This will reduce further once the new centre in Puducherry is launched in September-end. Already we have cut the time lag and though there are slots for 1,300 appointments, only 1,000 applicants come. We share all information about delay in issuing passport. Since we have fool proof systems in place it is tough to make fake passports,” he added.



Source-thehindu.com







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