1. Government announces 149 new Post Office Passport Seva Kendras

Government announces 149 new Post Office Passport Seva Kendras

No Indian will have to travel more than 50 km to get their passport, as the government is planning to set up a comprehensive network of Passport Seva Kendras (PSK) across the nation, with major post offices to also provide the service, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Saturday.

By: | New Delhi | Published: June 17, 2017 1:52 PM
Post Office Passport Seva Kendras, Sushma Swaraj, Passport Seva Kendra, passport, Indian government, india news Sushma Swaraj announcing the opening of 149 new Post Office Passport Seva Kendras (POPSKs), said these will be set up in the second phase. (Photo: PTI)

No Indian will have to travel more than 50 km to get their passport, as the government is planning to set up a comprehensive network of Passport Seva Kendras (PSK) across the nation, with major post offices to also provide the service, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Saturday. The Minister, announcing the opening of 149 new Post Office Passport Seva Kendras (POPSKs), said these will be set up in the second phase. In the first phase 86 POPSKs were to be set up — 52 of which are now functional. Apart from centres in the post offices, the government had earlier also announced 16 full-fledged PSKs taking the total number of new centres to the “auspicious” 251, she said.

“When I started at the Ministry, we had only 77 PSKs to cater to the whole nation. I realised that distance was the biggest hurdle for people to get their passports,” she said. Even after pushing through 16 more PSKs apart from 86 of them in post offices, Sushma Swaraj said she felt it was not enough. “We planned to set a target and decided that no individual should have to travel more than 50 km for a passport.” “With that criterion for selection, today I announce 149 new POPSKs,” she said.

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Sushma Swaraj also launched a web portal for the ministry’s flagship “Know India Programme” aimed at connecting the Indian youth living abroad with Indian culture and heritage. Under the programme, the Indian diaspora would visit the country for a 25-day tour fully funded by the government.

 

 

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    Apte
    Jun 17, 2017 at 5:57 pm
    1. It is good that it has been decided to increase network of Passport Seva Kendras (PSKs). Bur who will solve difficulties of citizens? 2. I wish to share my experience last year when I applied for a passport last year. 3. I had submitted a Birth Date Certificate (BDC) issued to me by my college where I studied for four years. However, my application for passport was rejected at PSK PUNE, as proof of birth submitted by me (BDC issued by college) was unacceptable to PSK. I explained to PSK official that in 1960s, prevailing practice was that the college would retain the School Leaving Certificate (SLC) submitted by every student, and retain it forever. The college would issue a BDC on the basis of birth date mentioned in the SLC submitted by the student and that BDC issued by the college was considered a proof good enough for all purposes, even for issue of a life insurance policy. After rejection of my application I had a written grievance letter but it is yet to be acted on.
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      swaminathan s
      Jun 17, 2017 at 3:51 pm
      post offices take only 50 applications per day and brokers sleep over night in the queue and change position at 6.00 AM and charge Rs 250 per head to secure a place in the queue.yderabad G>P>O
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