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Six Passport Seva Kendras launched

Six Passport Seva Kendras launched

Number of slots allotted everyday to all PSKs to be increased to 2,500

Passport applicants can now look forward to hassle-free process of submitting applications from Monday as the Ministry of External Affairs has launched three Passport Seva Kendras (PSKs) in the city on Friday.

The PSKs at Begumpet, Ameerpet and Tolichowki will be accepting forms from Monday morning. Three more centres in Nizamabad, Vijayawada and Tirupati also began functioning from today, authorities said.

Over 900 slots will be allotted initially everyday to all the PSKs. Applicants have to log on to the website www.passportindia.gov.in and create their user ID and assign a password.

The applicants have to fill and submit the form online. They can also scan and upload relevant supporting documents or download the e-form, fill and upload the same at the website. They have to note the Application Reference Number (ARN), fix an appointment online as per their choice and take a printout of ARN for presenting it at the designated PSK.

Applicants' presence is mandatory along with original documents and photocopies, while the photographs will be captured at the PSK. They can also track the status of the application or get any assistance by calling to the call centre 1800-258-1800 or by logging onto the website.

The passport printing will be done at Regional Passport Office, from where they will be despatched to applicants. Chief Passport Officer, Muktesh K. Pardeshi told reporters that the number of slots would be increased to 2,500 from the present 900 slots.

The Ministry of External Affairs is contemplating to open 15 mini- passport kendras in rural areas across the country to meet the increasing demand of applicants. These kendras would be opened after setting up 77 PSKs all over the country. At present, 30 PSKs, including seven in the State, were launched.

Participating as a chief guest, Chief Secretary Pankaj Dwivedi said e-governance was the only tool to provide good governance. Plans have also been drawn up to streamline various government services such as issuing ration cards, birth and death certificates online.

Director-General of Police V. Dinesh Reddy said the initiative would reduce delays in getting the passports.

Special Chief Secretary and Chief Commissioner of Land Administration J. Satyanarayana, Regional Passport Officer K. Srikar Reddy and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.



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