MEA plans dedicated intranet link in State for speedy completion of police verification

Here’s some good news for passport applicants. If the plan to set up a network between police stations and Regional Passport Office (RPO) fructifies, public can receive their passports even before the stipulated time of 45 days.

As part of the ongoing reforms in passport services, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) is planning to set up a dedicated intranet link between all the police stations in the State and Regional Passport Offices for speedy completion of police verification.

The special branch sleuths, who check the antecedents of applicants, can directly access intranet network from the police station.

After collecting details of the applicants from the intranet, they can verify the background of the applicants and later through the network send the report to their superiors.

The higher-ups in turn forward the Police Verification Certificates (PVCs) to the RPO using the same network. Soon after receiving the PVCs, the RPO will issue the passport, officials explain.

The Ministry has taken up a pilot project in Bangalore and plans have also been drawn up to implement it in Hyderabad in a few weeks.

This move is aimed at reducing the cumbersome process of issuing PVCs in the districts as well as in the city within the prescribed period of 21 days.

“This step will enable us to grant passport in less than 45 days,” says Regional Passport Officer K. Srikar Reddy.

At present, the offices of the district superintendents of police and RPOs are connected by intranet.

The officers at the SP office forward the information to the police stations concerned. The local police officer verifies the background of the applicants and sends the report back to the SP office manually.

This practice results in delay in completing the verification, say officials.

According to them, currently close to 30,000 applications are pending because of the delay in getting PVCs resulting in further delay in granting passports.

In the city police Commissionerate limits and other districts, policemen were not completing the process in 21 days.

Police officials, however, cited routine bandobust duties during festivals coupled with ongoing agitations as the reasons for delay.

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